The righteousness that I have comes from knowing Christ, the power of his resurrection, and the participation in his sufferings. It includes being conformed to his death so that I may perhaps reach the goal of the resurrection of the dead.
It’s not that I have already reached this goal or have already been perfected, but I pursue it, so that I may grab hold of it because Christ grabbed hold of me for just this purpose. Brothers and sisters, I myself don’t think I’ve reached it, but I do this one thing: I forget about the things behind me and reach out for the things ahead of me. The goal I pursue is the prize of God’s upward call in Christ Jesus.
“He brought everything back, all the food for the feast. And he, he himself, the Grinch — carved the roast beast.” — Narrator, How the Grinch Stole Christmas
I like to think of the celebration of Christmas as an annual reminder of what our goal in life should be, living a life like Christ. During the year, things happen that sometimes cause us to lose sight of our Christian goal, taking things away from those we love. It’s as if we think that “misery loves company.” The Christmas season is a chance to redirect our vision . . . allowing us the chance to give it all back, to regain our focus, and sometimes even getting to play a significant role in not only our own discovery, but in sharing that goal with others, just like the Grinch did in carving the roast beast! Know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings.
Father, this Christmas season, as the apostle Paul reminds us of the power of your Son’s resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, let us also be reminded of the power of your Son’s birth and the opportunity to partake in the good things that knowing your Son brings; new life, new hope, a renewed sense of fellowship and roast beast! Be with us as we press on toward the goal of eternal life with you. Amen.