Start by reading Philippians 3:1-21
Chapter 3 begins with the Apostle Paul writing “Finally my brothers, rejoice in the Lord.” But why should we rejoice? Not only because of our justification before God which verse 9 explains, and not only because of the process of sanctification in our lives which verse 10 explains. But because of what is in verse 11 -it looks forward to our coming glorification (which has already begun).
“that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”
Paul is anticipating the coming of our resurrection bodies and the coming of the new heavens and new earth. (2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1)
Believers have tremendous reasons to rejoice. First, in the resurrection power that is demonstrated at our conversion with our spiritual resurrection, and also at the resurrection power that will result in our future glorified bodies! It is no wonder Paul counted everything else as rubbish. Paul is looking forward and “pressing on to make it his own” (v. 12), “straining forward to what lies ahead” (v. 13), and again reiterates “pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (v 14).
We have so much to rejoice for because we’re citizens of heaven and are waiting for Christ’s return and our glorified bodies. So fellow Christians press on! Don’t be distracted by this world, but press on and strain forward because we are citizens of heaven. Those who are in Christ should count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
Ralph King - Pastoral Intern