Pressing Forward

Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: 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.

Philippians 3:13-14

I’m sure that you have been bombarded with advertisements in the past week or two about losing weight in the New Year, or starting an exercise program in the New Year, or maybe even trying to be a better person in the New Year.  Those advertisements all have the particular product or service that you “need” to become a “new you.”  But, truthfully, there is only One Who can create a “new you.”  And that One is Jesus Christ.

In these verses, Paul tells us that he is going to forget the things that are behind (good or bad) and that he is going to reach forward and press toward the mark of the prize of the high calling of God.  That is the attitude that we need to maintain.  As we enter a new year, there are many things that we need to “forget”; we need to leave them behind.

We need to leave our failures behind.  When we sin and fail the Lord, we need to confess it, get it right and press forward.  We should not let yesterday’s sin defeat us all over again today.  On the other hand, sometimes we need to leave our successes behind.  Sometimes we have a tendency to dwell on some victory in our Christian life from ten years ago.  While success is a wonderful thing, we can not allow it to lull us into a false sense of security. 

Wherever we may find ourselves on this day, we know that we need to forget those things which are behind and we know that we need to press forward for Him!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Revisiting the past can be a tricky thing, can’t it? I want to learn from my past, but not dwell on it. And honestly, I most look back at the bad stuff, so that’s no good. Thanks Ben, for pointing us forward and on with Jesus. 🙂


    • “Learn from it, but not dwell on it” is a great piece of advice. I think that is the key. I also tend to look back at the bad stuff, and I know I just need to trust the Lord and move forward, especially in the New Year!


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