…In With the New

Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I many apprehend that for which I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  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 3:12-14

We looked the other day at these verses and pointed out how that Paul said that he was going to forget those things which were behind and reach forward to those things before him.  No matter how our years went last year, it’s a new year now.  It’s time to leave those things behind and reach forward.

Paul says that he is pressing “toward the mark for the prize…”  He is forgetting those things which are behind in order to better reach forward.  You can’t run a race and “press toward a mark” while looking backward.  It is the same for us in our Christian lives.  If we are trying to run forward while looking back (at our successes and/or failures), we are going to be slowed down.  We are going to be more prone to stumble and fall.  We are going to have a hard time focusing.  If we want to move forward, we are going to have to look forward.

No matter what time of year it is, we need to be pressing forward.  We need to be improving.  In our Christian lives, we do not stand still.  Either we are pressing toward the mark or we are “sliding back.”  Let us bring in the new year resolving to, like Paul, press toward the mark.  Let us pray that this would be our best year ever.

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben

    (Were you perhaps in the 10:00am service yesterday? 🙂 ) CONFIRMATION ! God is good. I am trusting Him that my best days are ahead. 2012 shall be a great year in Jesus’ name.



  2. I loved this, Ben, and am looking forward to what’s ahead with Him. It reminds me a little of that saying that if something isn’t growing, it’s probably dead. Praying for us to keep pressing on in Jesus! God bless you and yours!


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