Text: Philippians 3; 1 Chronicles 11-12
Several summers ago at our men’s retreat, I climbed Mt. Monadnock in New Hampshire. Part way up one escapes the forest for open rock, and the views are spectacular. It does get steep in places, and I was sweating, and huffing and puffing. Atop one of the challenging parts, I was tempted to admire the view and head back down. I am glad I didn’t – the summit was great.
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)
In our walk with Jesus, we can go through some difficult times – failures, sin that disables and discourages, fears and disappointments. We can also have great victories. Looking back at these times can bring us to a halt in our spiritual growth. The Word this day tells us that what comes next cannot be defined by where we have been. We are free from our past – even from the past few moments. Our calling today is upward. Our hearts and our faces must be toward the goal, the prize, the glory of God in Jesus and His Gospel. If things have been difficult, forget them and look up to Jesus. If you have just done well, forget it and refuse to rest on your laurels.
in Him, Mike