As Christians, we must give ourselves to understanding the things that God have laid up in store for us. Then know what God wants us to do in order to receive these things and walk in them. God says “I know my thoughts towards you, thoughts of peace and not of evil. To give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11)
God desires the best for us irrespective of whatever nation, circumstances or situations we may have found ourselves. God wants us to have the best and come into fulfillment. In Philippians 3:12, Apostle Paul said “Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” Here, he expresses that there is a reason why we are apprehended by Christ. There is a reason why we have been saved and brought into the knowledge of Christ. Apostle Paul here testifies that he has not yet fully attained or is he already perfect but he follows after. He follows after to achieve that reason. That purpose for which Christ apprehended him. Another word for following after is found in Philippians 3:14 when he said “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus”. There is a Prize or Trophy that God will give you and this is what you should “Press for”. This is what you should “follow after”. The things which God has called you into and desire for you to be doing. When you are walking in this, with total yieldedness to God, you will reign in this life and with Christ.
When you do not take pains to find out what God wants you to do and how he wants you to go about it, you will be doing your own thing. In John 15:5, Christ said “without me you can do nothing”. So you should find out what God wants you to do and how God wants you to do it, and then go ahead and do it. You will succeed with Joy. This explains why Paul said “Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded” (Philippians 3:15). He concluded in Philippians 3:16 by exhorting us to “walk by the same rule and mind the same thing”