10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things.

Philippians 3:10-15

One of the keys to the Tour de France (as I understand it), is teamwork. It’s not necessarily the strongest cyclist that wins. It’s the strongest team. Here’s an interesting statistic. You are 40% more likely to achieve your goals if you have a weekly check in with an accountability partner.

There’s a lesson in this I think. To finish the race we need to work together. We are doing something more important than the Tour de France or achieving your financial goals. To finish the race is to receive the prize of eternal life and the words, “welcome, good and faithful servant”.

So, let’s combine a couple of ideas on how we ride the race together. Firstly, another statistic. You are at least 20% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down. You don’t need to be great at maths for this. Writing down, sharing and asking someone to check in with you on your goals makes it 60% more likely you will achieve them.

Ok. We are still in the motivation stage but hopefully next week we are ready to start thinking about what sort of goals etc. Maybe you have already jumped the gun. Remember this, it’s great to achieve goals, but what if they weren’t the right ones!

Put it another way. You might finish the race only to find out you took the wrong mountain path.

For Today:
  • Have you ever written down goals? Why/why not?
  • Have you ever had an accountability partner? Why/why not?
  • Ask God to grow a desire in you to finish the race well.

  • Praise the Father for the hope we have of salvation.
  • Give thanks for Jesus Christ who has finished the race - leading the way for us.
  • Ask God for His Holy Spirit to help you and others spur one another on toward the prize.
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