The Christian life requires constant service. One cannot assume that he has completed his task as long as he is physically and mentally able to perform. Paul with all of his accomplishments stated that his work was not complete. He continued to “press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” In the Christian race one must not look backward at previous mistakes, losses or accomplishments, but must charge ahead toward a victorious finish.
Paul humbly encouraged the Philippians to follow his example of faithful service. He pointed out that there were those who were self-centered with their minds set on earthly things. Those false teachers had become enemies of the cross of Christ.
The citizenship of Christians is in heaven where all will receive a new spiritual body to replace the fleshly body. No one knows how the new body will appear, but it will be immortal and glorious without pain, sorrow or decay and it will be like the body of Christ.
In view of the ultimate reward in heaven, Paul urged the Philippians to remain faithful in their obedience to the Lord. It is tragic for someone to live a long faithful Christian life and in later years to fall from the faith and miss the reward.