I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:14
Recently I looked up a product on the web under the heading of “all purpose” and found 9,370,000 products that fit into
that category. There were household cleaning products, vitamins, foods, and seasonings—even all-purpose apparel! I found the last item to be
the most interesting. It was called “traveling convertible pants.” These lightweight pants are very versatile; they are designed for changing weather
conditions. By means of a zipper encircling the pant leg, the pants can easily be transformed into cool shorts and back into pants in a matter of seconds.
They slip easily over shoes, and there is a back pocket that zips for a secure place to hold valuables. The pants dry exceptionally fast, making laundry
simple. The fabric is Nycon twill and it is advertised as being durable. The pants take up minimal space in a suitcase and come out wrinkle free!
The description made me think about the Gospel. It is certainly “all-purpose.” There is no need that cannot be met by what God has provided for us. It
makes us ready for Heaven so we can sleep better at night. It eradicates loneliness and provides a Friend who is closer than a brother. The Gospel
brings a high calling and purpose to each individual who accepts it, a purpose to serve the God of the universe and let Him enjoy time with us. And
talk about durable! Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us, no matter what comes our way. That means early morning, late night, midday, crisis time,
or crunch time. The Gospel truly satisfies every aspect of the human heart.
This amazing product is available to anyone and everyone, but it does not take effect automatically. We have to do something to experience the full benefits
of the Gospel—we have to make use of it by taking the promises of the Bible and claiming them as our own. The Apostle Paul challenged the believers
at Philippi to strive to obtain it, and it was worth every effort!
Let us “re-purpose” to press toward the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Remember that we serve an all-purpose God. He can and will meet
our every need.