"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says..."
God bless you.
"Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do; forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians. 3:13-14)
One thing in the life of each Christian will keep him or her successful before the Lord: Never cease to keep your eyes on the Prize. Another way I've heard it said is this:
THE MAIN THING IS TO KEEP THE MAIN THING THE MAIN THING!
Beloved, the "prize" is not a what - it's a Who. The Prize is Jesus. The Prize is the Godhead, period. Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and fellowship and life with Them as our eternal Family... THAT'S the Prize, everlasting.
To attain or "apprehend" the Prize, dear ones, we must submit completely to God's desires to transform us into the image of Christ. What's Jesus the Christ all about?
OBEDIENCE. FORGIVENESS. HUMILITY. RECONCILIATION with GOD.
Are we willing to take on God's character in all of our daily living? That's the question we should be asking ourselves. Are we willing to submit to the full-blown process of exposure of all our "uglies" - all the issues, sins, and mistakes in our lives? All the hang-ups and perverse tendencies and bondages? These are serious, hard questions critical to the God-defined success of our lives in Christ.
Being about what God wants is what will please Him. Yielding to His desires, directives, and requests and valuing what He is doing apart from the activities of the world is defined as "pressing toward the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."
Beloved, take your eyes off of the world and its activities, and put your eyes and your mind on God. Allowing Him to speak to you and give you His character and attentions and interests is what will build treasure in Heaven for you. It will also bring you the most delight in everyday life.
Seek the Lord for a supernatural infusion of His Spirit of Obedience in your life and the ability to forgive yourself and others, that all portions of your existence will be "reconciled" to God and all His ways. It's a process that He's ready and willing to enable and enact in you, if you are willing. So ask yourself, dear friends, will you keep your eyes on the true and living Prize? Are you willing?
Father, in Christ's Name I ask that You enable all those with willing hearts to submit to Your will for transformation into the image of Jesus Your Son. I ask that You then seal them into Your holy resolve to go forward in Your truth and might; to press toward the mark of the prize of Your high calling in Christ and to never, ever, ever give up. In Jesus' Name I pray. Amen.