Previous to this verse, Paul had listed several magnanimous goals which are as follows: 1) to gain Christ,
2) be found in Him,
3) to know Him,
4) to know the power of His Resurrection, 5) to participate in his suffering, 6) to become like Him in His death and 7) to attain resurrection from the dead. Further, he wanted to attain these goals based not on his flesh and what HE could accomplish, but through faith. This list can seem overwhelming.
Until verse 12: He humbly and clearly states that he has not achieved these goals - yet. Then he proceeds to teach us his method for achieving them:
"...I press on
to take hold
of that for which Christ Jesus
took hold of me."
Sounds good.....but what does it mean? I've read this Scripture so many times, but what does it really mean?
"...I press on..."- Ok. Paul continues to work towards his goal - he's tenacious.
"...to take hold..."- He wants to grab something. What is it?
"...of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." - What did Christ Jesus take hold of? He called Paul to love, serve and know Him!(As you may have noticed I use the S.O.A.P. Bible Study Method - Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. We'll get to the Application and Prayer in my next post.)
Pretzel Quilt Progress!
This quilt isn't a fully scrappy quilt, but I just had to share it with you! I think it would be so pretty with scrappy 2.5" strips, don't you?
Remember how I mentioned that Steph, my long arm quilter, said to be careful as I laid out this quilt? To stay focused? Well, Janice Holton from Color, Creating and Quilting started this quilt and emailed me about it! What a small world! She shared her progress, tips and pics - which I greatly appreciated. I looked for a posting about it on her blog - it was so helpful! Thank you, Janice!
I've started putting my quilt together and here's the progress thus far:
In my next post, I'll show you my process. :)
Happy Mail - Yarnivore Rainbow Yarn!
Tada! Happy Mail!
It came in today!
I'm linking up with