The Upward Call in 2022

Philippians 3:13, 14.

“Brethren I do not count myself to have apprehended but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”


The Christian life is going somewhere. We are not aimlessly wandering through life in misery and uncertainty. We have a future and a hope and a heavenly home. In the busyness of life it is too easy to lose our perspective seeing only the things of this earth while losing sight of things eternal.


Some people view life as a party their goal is to have fun. Others view life as a battle and they are always looking for a fight.

Still others view life as a game and they are focused on winning. One of the images in the New Testament of the Christian life is that of a journey. Abraham was the Old Testament example of the journey of life. He was a sojourner here on earth but he was looking for a city whose builder and maker was God.


Viewing the Christian life as a journey remember, you are a work in progress. There are still truths to be learned and growth in the grace and knowledge of Christ to be experienced. As you continue on the journey in 2022, keep your eye on the goal forgetting those  things which are behind. Learn to get past the past. Past failures, past hurts, past disappointments and past mistreatment. Forgive others. Forgive yourself. Not only get past-past failures but also past successes. View all success through the lens of humility and gratitude.


On the journey look forward with anticipation to what God has in store for you in the Christian life in 2022. Look forward with anticipation to what God has in store for our church Cleveland First Baptist. Purpose in your heart to press on in the Christian life walking with Jesus everyday. Continue reading his Word. Talk with him in prayer. Serve him in faithfulness. Tell others about him. Experience his grace, peace and blessing.                                

Pastor Robert Jackson