Beloved, I do not consider that I have made it my own; but this 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 heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.” vss. 13-14Philippians 3:8b-14
Because Paul knew Christ Jesus he had confidence that one day he would share in the resurrection to new life. But having said that he hastened to tell the Philippians that he was not resting on his laurels–his race was not yet over. He was going to strain on for however many laps remained until he had crossed the finish line. It was then that he would receive the wreath of victory that was his in Christ Jesus. In saying this Paul reminds the Philippians of a basic gospel principle, namely, that the past does not define our future! In fact, he says we can forget about all that lies behind us. All our failures, broken promises, and moral lapses can be put in our rear view mirrors as we live out the rest of our lives in Christ. There will be goodness, joy, peace, and love in the days ahead even as our bodies wear out and our health declines. In Christ the best is always yet to come! And it’s not that our finish depends on our effort. We run in Christ, and in Christ victory is assured. Our laurel wreaths are gifts! Praise God!
Thought for the Day: How’s the race going for me?