“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12-14).
This week we have been addressing a dare that Michael Easley gave on Moody Presents on Sunday: “I dare you to prove otherwise from the New Testament, that we have to do something to glom on.” Today I want to take a look at the words which he used, “glom on.”
Dictionary.com defines the phrase “glom onto” as meaning “to take hold or possession of.” The word is well chosen and appropriate. The root means “to snatch at,” like the jaws of a vice. This is exactly what we are talking about: taking hold of Christ and the life he would have us live.
In the Christian life we are not supposed to be merely stumbling along as if we were still lost and blind. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17). No, we press on boldly in this life we are living for the glory of God.
Part of our walk, as we have been examining in the last few days, involves action. (Truly, how can we walk without walking? The very thing of walking is an action.) Specifically we looked at the acts of putting of the things of the flesh and putting on good works. We affirmed that the Christian is not saved by works, but does have certain responsibilies of action.
So as we obey the Lord’s commands over our lives, let us do so boldly. We do not trudge on through this walk, but press on toward the goal. We press on to take hold of that goal and that prize, because Christ Jesus has taken hold of us. He has captured our hearts and souls. Indeed the Lord Jesus said, “If you love me you will obey my commands” (John 14:15). It is not a chore to live this life, to put off the old self and take on the new, but our joy and privilege and blessing, and most of all, our salvation. In this life, we have eternal life, the knowledge of God (John 17:3) and in the next, great rewards await (Revelation 22:12). But even this reward is based on action.