Philippians 3:12 GNT: I do not claim that I have already succeeded or have already become perfect. I keep striving to win the prize for which Christ Jesus has already won me to himself.

When we come across scriptures like this, one will begin to wonder, do I really need to do anything again since Christ has done it for me? The answer remains yes. You need to make effort to win the price already won for you by Jesus Christ. The moment you become born again by accepting Jesus as your Lord and savior, your spirit is completely transformed into a new creature in Christ and becomes complete in Him. Colossians 2:10.

However, your soul which is a component of your being is yet to be subject to your spirit. Your soul is the seat of your mind, emotion and your will. Your mind needs to come to terms with what God has done for you. And so the Bible says you should renew your mind. Romans 12:2. This means that God cannot renew it for you. Also, if you have no capacity to renew your mind, God will never ask you to do it. He knows that you can do it and so He orders you to do it.

Renewing your mind helps you to come to terms with what Christ did for you and the prize He won for you. Once you can understand it and see it, then can you get a hold of it. Thereby winning the prize. This renewal of mind is centered on the study of the word of God, day and night. Make out time to study His word, attend fellowships and meetings to learn about Christ. Do what the word says you should do. By so doing, you are pressing on until you win the prize. Shalom.

Declare to yourself loud: I will run to win the prize.

Oh Lord my God, I commit my life before you, help me to win this race and finish my course here on earth. In Jesus’name. Amen.

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