“Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own” (Philippians 3:12, AMP).

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We’re all born with the need to belong. We join groups with like interests and enjoy being part of a community. Some people are born into elite groups, which can be a source of pride, even though they did nothing to attain their place in life. The Apostle Paul was such a person—he had every exalted credential a Jew of his time could hope for which made him part of a very special club. But he gave it all up for something better.

When God created humankind, he gave us membership in his family, children by birth. While this is great all on its own, it was only the beginning. Just as the infomercials tell us wait, there’s more, God in Christ made a way for us to belong to the most special group of all—the kingdom of his dear Son. Through his life, death and resurrection, Jesus took hold of us and made us his own, which spurred Paul to give up everything he considered important to then make Jesus his own. The good news is this isn’t an elite club open to only a few. Everyone is invited and is included in the life of Father, Son and Spirit.

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