Is there a difference between the thinking of a 20- or 30-something-year-old single male and a 40- or 50-something never-married single male about getting married? I will share some information on that subject in the next article. In the meanwhile, first, view this film clip released by Columbia Pictures in 1955. Then view the conclusion on the “HERS” page. It is quite humorous.
By Justin Coleman
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” – Philippians 3:12 (NKJV)
In this passage, Paul states that he isn’t perfect, but he is pressing forward. He is moving towards something. He is reaching out to ‘lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me’. He is reaching out to ‘lay hold’ in response to what Jesus has already done. He has already taken hold of us. In response, Paul is reaching out to lay hold of the Lord in the same way.
How has the Lord laid hold of us? What does it mean to lay hold of Him in return?
Jesus often told stories and parables where he related spiritual truths with natural examples. This gives a visual representation to spiritual realities so that we can better understand the concepts and laws that govern the unseen realm. Let’s look at a natural example that can help illustrate the concept of the Lord laying hold of us and then us responding by laying hold of Him.
The first big change is that the seed will sprout and start to grow. Roots will start to grow into the dirt while a stem may start to emerge through the surface. As the roots grow, the seed starts to take hold of the soil. If the root system is strong it can actually help keep the soil in place and prevent erosion. When the process first started the soil was holding onto the seed, but as the seed grew it started to embrace, hold onto, the soil.
…that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love… – Ephesians 3:17 (NKJV)