I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
A very important part of the preparation of a trip is previously establishing its destination. Says a common popular saying in some countries of our America who does not know where to go he already arrived. It is necessary that we indicate the goal towards which we headed then toward it. The Bible gives several examples of travelers with clear goals and one such example is the following: Therefore she went out from the place where she was, and her two daughters-in-law with her; and they went on the way to return to the land of Judah (Ruth 1:7).
This verse speaks of Naomi and her two daughters-in-law Orpah and Ruth. The three were widows. When Naomi stayed without her husband and two children, she returned to her homeland in Bethlehem with her two daughters-in-law. At the end, only Ruth went with Naomi to the final destination. That’s something that can happen often in life, we take a trip with someone else to a designated destination, but some of our companions fall by the wayside. I think that has happened to us all.
To me it has happened to me many times and one of those happened during my time at university. Several dozen students began the career of chemical engineering with me, but at the time of graduation, only a dozen of us reached the goal. Many were at first, but others, who came to share pleasant moments and who joined me a beautiful friendship, I saw half returned to the race. Sad to leave companions before reaching the goal; but that is something that cannot be avoided.
Another verse that speaks of a goal or destination of travel is 1 Samuel 16:1: Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite. For I have provided Myself a king among his sons. We gain nothing lamenting what we pass on our journey, even if some of our fellow travelers on the road stay. The second important message means that we must continue to reach the goal. Definitely, God always has a plan B and His plans are better than ours.
Jesus of Nazareth never stops until He reached His goal: Nevertheless I must journey today, tomorrow, and the day following; for it cannot be that a prophet should perish outside of Jerusalem (Luke 13:33). Jesus’ goal was the cross of Calvary and He died for my sins and yours to give us a new opportunity to reconcile with our God restoring His original plan of a family relationship between our Creator and us. Imagine how lost we were if Jesus had not reached His goal. Now it’s your turn to walk toward the goal of the hand of Jesus Christ. God bless you.