After writing yesterday’s post about ‘things,’ it occurred to me that if you let go of your things, if you had no thing, you would have “nothing.” It’s not easy letting go of our things, because we think the things we possess and the things we do are who we are. Without these things, we believe we are nothings! That's what holds up our progress in faith.
We hold tightly the belief that our things are what holds us together. So God holds up His Son as an example of one who wouldn't be held back, by things of the world. It behooves us to consider what things are holding our attention, and may be holding us down. We need to make an honest assessment of what prevents us from laying hold of the very truth that holds the key to life. In the following verses, look at how Paul approached his holdings.
“I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. That means I examine every "thing" carefully, holding fast to that which is good (godliness) since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come." (Phil. 3:12; 1Thess. 5:21; 1 Tim 4:8). Paul would let nothing (no thing) hold him up.