“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phillipians 3:13,14)
The destination of the Christian life is not heaven, it is Christ. The good which God works all things together for is conformity to His image. To be one with Him is the eternal purpose the Father has given to the church before the world began. We are called to the obtaining of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. This is our high calling. Toward this mark and to gain this prize we are to press. We are to forget all else, for we have been apprehended to apprehended this one thing. We are to count all else dung and loss that we might win Christ.
The ministry of the church has been much too caught up in explaining how God gets His people to heaven. That was not the focus of the apostles. They knew that there was a much greater goal for the believer. They knew that falling short of God’s destiny was a real possibility for those who had begun well. They admonished us to every day exhort each another toward this objective because only those who hold the beginning of their confidence stedfast unto the end are made partakers of Christ.
The true prize of the Christian life is not a Place, it is a Person. Run so as to obtain the prize. He Himself is the Omega of your faith. Heaven is the consolation prize.