Your Next Move

Here we are at the chess board, looking intently at the pieces on the table and trying to plot our next move… but this is no game,  it’s life.

Each of us has life moves to make; each of us needs a strategy and a plan…

Some people go see their financial advisor to make their plan.  Others speak with their public relations team or their marketing guru.

Paul had a different idea:

 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.

Philippians 3:14-16

In context (3:1 ff.) he was talking about the ultimate attainment of eternal life in Christ, saying that he hadn’t yet attained it since he’s still living in the physical body.  Then he slipped in that last little line:  “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”

What have we already attained?

We have attained relationship with God through Jesus Christ.  We have attained an inheritance of eternal life and we are His servants on this earth.  As such, it seems that Paul is saying that we need to live accordingly, not trusting in the physical aspect of life but in recognition of the spiritual significance of our relationship with Christ.  Thus, things like financial or business advice might have their place, but it isn’t in planning “life.”  Life is not about our image that we attempt to project to others, it is about the reality of the way we live and behave.

What’s our next move?

To follow Jesus Christ!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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9 Responses to Your Next Move

  1. paulfg says:

    “What’s our next move? To follow Jesus Christ!”
    You reminded me of an image I hold dear in this topic – floating like a cork in His sea of love and protection. Quite often find myself going in the opposite direction to others. Sometime cannot see a thing. Sometimes wonder why I am going around in circles! But that “current” is His, that “drawing me towards” is His, that love and protection are real.
    I have yet to find many “Christian advisors” who get that way of living – let alone secular “plan for life” gurus.
    Thank you Don, you allowed me to recognise that going around in circles is also His “current”! Been struggling with that recently. 🙂

    • Don Merritt says:

      Thank you Paul. Funny thing: Most people don’t seem to want to move closer to Him, so I’d guess if they are going the opposite direction, you’re on the right course. 🙂

  2. I liken what Paul was saying to that of a person pulling on a heavy object with the use of a pulley system. Once you have made head way, don’t slip back to where you once were.

  3. Bette Cox says:

    “Follow,,,,” but remember, he leads us from the inside out. Take him where he wants to go today, do what he wants to do with you today. We are co-laborers with Christ and he’s not trying to keep his wishes and plans for today a deep, dark secret.

  4. Choosing to follow Jesus was the best move i ever made. Unlike chess pawns we have free will though ultimately God is in control of our future

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