12 Not that I have already attained, [a] or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have [b]apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
As Children of God, our reality is that Christ has attained a lot for us who believe in him. He attained these for us 2000 plus years ago on the cross of Calvary … and it is our duty to lay a hold of these benefits by faith and live in them.
However, what is happening today is that sometimes we are bitter/fearful about the things that have happened in our past, and this makes us lose sight of both the benefits of the present and the hope of the future.
… but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
In our passage today, Paul is talking about leaving behind and forgetting all his achievements of the past and pressing towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ. But my post today is to charge you to forget your pain of the past so you can focus on Jesus and all He has for you today.
- Do not let the memory of the time you were sick make you focus so much on preventing yourself from sickness that it distracts you from pressing in and laying hold of the divine Health that Jesus has given you
- Do not let the memory of how you were poor in the past keep you so focused on how you will make money to stay rich, that it distracts you from focusing on the one who gives power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18)
- Do not let the betrayal of friends and/or family keep you so focused on taking measures to never get hurt again that you forget to look on to Jesus the friend that sticks closer than a brother.
- Do not let the memory of countless business failure or job application rejection keep you from trying one more time to submit that proposal or start another business when you get the opportunity
If only we can choose today to forget the past hurts and instead press on to attain and lay hold of that which Christ already has attained for us. Choose to forget
Choose not to remember. Even when fear comes knocking to remind you to be ‘careful’, you must choose not to remember.
7 Then he seized the man’s right hand with a firm grip and raised him up. And at once his feet and ankles became strong and steady, and with a leap he stood up and began to walk; and he went into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.
The man at the beautiful gate could have chosen to wait and see if indeed he could walk, he could have chosen to remember that he had tried several times to get his leg walking but failed, he was within his right to tread cautiously and not make any sudden moves incase this was a trick to get him to fall flat again on his face… but with a leap he stood up and began to walk; and he went into the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. He forgot everything about his dysfunctional legs and embraced the workings of Christ in His life at that moment
What is it that is keeping you bound in your mind, in your body, and in your spirit? What is that horrible experience that you have gone through so many times and you just don’t see yourself trying again? What is that thing you were rejected on that has made you give up on ever taking another step in that direction? What is it that has made you so fearful but you call it ‘caution’? I pray for you today that IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST, RISE UP AND WALK!!!