Rising Joy, by Vicki Matheny
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have attained this. Instead I am single-minded. Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3.13-14
Paul wrote Philippians from prison. It was a letter of hope and encouragement. Paul wanted to encourage the Philippians to strive for maturity in their faith. In verse 10, he stated his goal was to know Christ, to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his suffering, and to be like him in his death. Paul readily stated that he had not attained this goal of maturity. However, it was worth making the effort. It was something that he wanted so intensely that he was single-minded when it came to this goal. Paul did not dwell in the past. He looked forward and reached out to obtain his goal.
Do you live in the past? Do you let past experiences determine how you live your life today? We need to learn from Paul to let go of the past. What happened cannot be changed. Jesus said in Luke 9.62 that we should not look back. We need to repent of things in the past and then let go of it.
Is your goal to know Jesus? We need to imitate Paul in his single-mindedness. We should have an intense desire to grow in our faith daily. Just as Paul looked forward and reached out to obtain his goal, so should we. We cannot sit still and expect to reach our goal.