In Philippians 3:14, Paul admonishes us to GIVE OUR ALLâ€”â€œpress toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.â€ Paul paints a picture here of a runner running a race zeroed in on the finish line and putting every ounce of his strength and every fiber of his being into crossing it victoriously.
Nothing apart from our very best is worthy of God. Anything less is both insulting to God and an ignominy to us. Although many may feel that giving our all is an unreasonable request for God to make of us, Paul teaches us that it is really the only â€œreasonableâ€ thing for us to do (Romans 12:1-2). Since Christ gave His all on the cross when He was dying for us, how can we give anything less than our all while weâ€™re living for Him?
IS YOUR ALL ON THE ALTAR? (Elisha A. Hoffman)
You have longed for sweet peace,
And for faith to increase,
And have earnestly, fervently prayed;
But you cannot have rest,
Or be perfectly blest,
Until all on the altar is laid.
Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid?
Your heart does the Spirit control?
You can only be blest,
And have peace and sweet rest,
As you yield Him your body and soul.