Here we are at the chess board, looking intently at the pieces on the table and trying to plot our next move… but this is no game, it’s life.
Each of us has life moves to make; each of us needs a strategy and a plan…
Some people go see their financial advisor to make their plan. Others speak with their public relations team or their marketing guru.
Paul had a different idea:
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained.
In context (3:1 ff.) he was talking about the ultimate attainment of eternal life in Christ, saying that he hadn’t yet attained it since he’s still living in the physical body. Then he slipped in that last little line: “Only let us live up to what we have already attained.”
What have we already attained?
We have attained relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We have attained an inheritance of eternal life and we are His servants on this earth. As such, it seems that Paul is saying that we need to live accordingly, not trusting in the physical aspect of life but in recognition of the spiritual significance of our relationship with Christ. Thus, things like financial or business advice might have their place, but it isn’t in planning “life.” Life is not about our image that we attempt to project to others, it is about the reality of the way we live and behave.
What’s our next move?
To follow Jesus Christ!