I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
Infants are content to lie in a crib and focus on lights and sounds coming from a mobile overhead. They care little for matters that occupy the heart and mind of adults, matters like purpose, priorities, and provisions for a meaningful life. The transition happens so slowly that the changes seem imperceptible. And yet infants become children, who become adolescents, who become adults who are serious about life and the consequences of their choices.
The more we grow as Christians, the more serious our own purposes and priorities in life should become. The apostle Paul chastised the Corinthian church for being full of “babes in Christ” who could consume only milk and not solid food (1 Corinthians 3:1-4). They were chronological adults but spiritual infants, not ready for the heartiest fare in the Christian life: the truth about heaven. There is no priority in life more serious for any adult than determining his or her eternal destiny.
The more mature we become as Christians, the more our focus should narrow toward “the upward call of God in Christ Jesus,” a call which leads to heaven.
Spiritual maturity is not reached by the passing of the years, but by obedience to the will of God. Oswald Chambers
Put On Your Running Shoes – Philippians 3:12-16 – Skip Heitzig