Being a Type A and a bit of a driven, goal-oriented person, Paul’s charge to “press on toward the goal” is one of my favorites. As I read and considered this passage today, one statement that Paul makes in verse 13 stood out prominently to me because it is foundational for being able to press on with all of our might. It’s the directive to put aside those things that have taken place in the past. Here’s what Paul tells us in verses 13-14:
“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.” (emphasis mine)
We can’t change even one second of what has previously taken place. Every second going forward, however, is a different story. It’s an opportunity for us to live better and more fully for God. Christ offers us freedom from our past—hurts, sins, mistakes and things done to us—if we choose to give it over to Him. And when we do, we are then freed up to push confidently and fully forward for Him.
God loves you more than you can fathom. He wants you to flourish and prosper, and He has good plans for you. I invite you to join with me to put aside the past so that we can push forcefully forward for Christ! Tami
Source: Tami’s Blog