Reading from Philippians 3:12-4:23

He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like his own, using the same power with which he will bring everything under his control. (Philippians 3:21)

Paul just warned his readers that there are people who worship other gods, mainly their own greed and selfishness. And for this they will perish. But not so for those who follow Jesus, for they are citizens of heaven.

We are weak. We cannot do this alone. Our bodies are broken, our hearts yearn, and we make mistake after mistake. As Paul says, we press on. We keep our eyes focused on the heavenly prize to which Jesus Christ is calling us. With his strength, with his love, and especially because of his grace and mercy, we are renewed, remade and we may be there too.