Paul said in verse 14, “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Pressing on is exerting energy. It is effort.
We were children of darkness at one time. In the sovereignty of God we got saved.
If heaven is all that there is then we should go to heaven now.But it is not! We have a purpose and a mandate.
In life we have made mistakes. We have hurt and been been hurt. We have let people down too. We can live in the past, good things and bad. We can hold onto bad or rest on our laurels. Forgetting what is behind. There is energy and force. You can have gym membership but do you actually go? The Christian life is like this. If it isn't, something is missing.
The ultimate goal is that we become like Jesus. Romans 8:29 “For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”.
God's plan for us is to become like Jesus.
There is good stuff on the web and bad. Go to the Regions beyond website. There is a lot of resources there. Read a book, listen to a sermon. We are starting In-Depth Discipleship Training ( IDT) and Purpose Driven life.
Barnabas and Paul went to Antioch. And taught great number of people. They were called Christian first there.
They result is we will be people who don't just hear but will also do.