Sometimes the Word of God speaks for itself and needs no analogy or story to enhance it.
"Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.... forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to te example you have in us. For many...walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. (Philippians 3:12 - 18)
Hold to what is true. Forget what you once knew and strain toward what lies ahead. Imitate me (Paul), and know that there are those who walk as enemies of the cross. Paul knew the trials, tribulations, and misinformation the churches were receiving because he went and taught, sent people, and followed up in writing. He still teaches us today.
Pray we hold the message of Christ near and pray that we keep our focus on the cross. Pray for those who don't understand that message or misunderstand it. Pray for those who misuse it. Pray that the Spirit move their hearts to the truth and keep us in the truth.
Hope Men's Ministry