Remember the Prize

Series: Rebel's Guide to Joy | Week 8: When the Past Haunts You

Read Philippians 3:20-21 in your personal Bible or at the link provided.

Today’s verses are best understood in light of what we read earlier this week in verse 14: “I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” That heavenly prize is explained in verses 20-21, and it includes the return of Jesus, new citizenship, and new bodies. Regardless of his past, Paul pressed on, ran with purpose, and followed Jesus, all with the end in mind. That was his guide to joy, and it can be ours too.

When we reach the end of our own race, our ultimate prize is Jesus. We’ll have new citizenship in heaven with Him, we’ll exchange our mortal bodies for bodies like His, and we’ll spend the rest of eternity in His presence. Until that day, let’s remove anything that hinders us from following Him. Let’s remember what He’s done, spend time with Him, and practice what it will be like to receive the prize one day. No matter our past, that’s our future hope and glory.

Remember the prize. Write down the things you’re looking forward to about heaven. Be specific, and keep writing until you’ve exhausted your list. Keep a copy handy, or perhaps even create a vision board inspired by your list, as a reminder of the prize you’re running for.

Use your Philippians Guidebook to reflect and respond. For a digital copy of the guidebook, visit

Want to go deeper? Look up the following verses for more on what awaits us in heaven. Note what you observe and then continue with your time of response.

Romans 8:18-23
1 Corinthians 15:42-44

Rebel's Guide to Joy