Scripture Reading: Philippians 3:12-16
“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: 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.” (Philippians 3:13,14)
As we continue to talk about perspective and as we face a New Year, let’s not forget who we are — “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” (v. 12). Paul recognized that he had a long way to go in his spiritual growth. He knew that he was not where he needed to be. But he also knew who he was — he belonged to Jesus Christ — “Christ Jesus has made me His own.” Yes, we belong to Jesus. Jesus has made us His own. Our identity is found in our relationship with Jesus, in which we are secure in His hands and significant to Him.
Paul realized that spiritual growth takes time and effort. Thus, he made a commitment to press forward toward “the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” To press forward also means to let go of the past — “forgetting what lies behind, I press forward.” There has to be a discriminate forgetfulness of the past. It has to be discriminate, because there are things we must never forget — all the benefits that are ours in Christ (Psalm 103), God’s love and mercy, His faithfulness in the past, His many blessings bestowed upon us.
But there are things we need to forget. We need to forget our past sins. Christ died for them and God remembers them no more. We need to forget our past failures. We need to do what we can to make them right and then move on. We must remember that adversity builds character. We must let go of past hurts. We can hold on to them and become bitter people. And we must let go of past successes. Some people are so proud of what they have already achieved that they let thousands of opportunities pass by them.
While there must be a discriminate forgetfulness of the past, there must also be an uncompromising drive for the future. As we face this New Year, we must reach forward to what lies ahead. God has a plan for us. Look forward to what He is going to do with you in this next year.
Lord Jesus, I rejoice in the fact that You have taken hold of me and made me Your own. I belong to You. I know that I have a long way to go spiritually. Enable me to press on toward the goal of the upward call of God for me to be more and more like You. Enable me to let go of past hurts, disappointments, failures and successes so that I can have an uncompromising drive for the future. I know that You have a plan for my life. I look forward to what You are going to do in this New Year.
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