We consider Paul’s extraordinary words as he comes toward the end of his life on earth. Reviewing all of his qualities and experiences, we are struck that he puts them all behind him, concerned only to press on and know his Savior better.

In contrast, we realize that we often do not have this hungering and thirsting after the Lord to the same extent. We are very prone to put confidence in the flesh and are easily satisfied with very little in the spiritual realm.

Those who have no desires after Christ are called upon to see if they are believers at all. Those with little desire for Him are encouraged to follow Paul’s example in this passage and to strain forward to know Christ better. It is through exercise that appetite is strengthened!

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Greg Hodson

Greg came to Grace Church, Modesto from the UK in 1997. For many of the intervening years, he has functioned as a teaching elder in the fellowship. He is frequently involved in the teaching ministry and also leads the Internet Ministries and the Youth Ministry. Before coming to Grace Church, he was a teaching elder in a small village chapel in the UK for four years. He is married with 3 children and 3 grandchildren.

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