“Forgetting Those Things Which Are Behind”
“…but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Both elements of the above passage are essential in spiritual growth. First, Paul noted that he had to forget those things which were behind him. No doubt, he had reference at least in part to past sins. While he was not discounting those sins or acting as if they weren’t serious, he had obviously confessed, repented and moved on. We must do the same. Carrying a load of our past sins around on our backs will drain the joy and vitality from our souls. If we have repented of those sins, we need to bury them.
That’s not all Paul did, however. While he laid aside his old past, he now with great energy and fervor reached (or stretched) forward to live up to His calling in Christ. A runner who is headed for the finish line will often give a final push and stretch forward to break the tape. May we have the same kind of zeal and drive for the things of God. We’ve been forgiven of our sins, therefore, we are free to run with all the fire and enthusiasm we have towards Christ.
Don’t plod along in your race today. Don’t sit down and take a break. Run towards the happy and glorious prize with all your heart!
By Timothy Guess