Phillipians 3:13 – No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.
We are molded by the things that have happened to us in the past. We all have some baggage that we carry around in our lives. This verse is Paul’s best advice. Forget that past and focus on what lies ahead! In this one small verse Paul gives us such wisdom from heaven.
First he says I’m not all I should be. Paul’s not all he should be? The man who ends up writing 2/3 of the New Testament? The Apostle who established the majority of the Christian churches in the first century? That guy? He’s not all he should be? Then what hope is there for the rest of us? That is the point he’s making. None of us can ever be good enough. We never achieve the mark, the standard that Jesus set. So what can we do then?
Focus all our effort on ONE THING…forgetting the past and looking forward. After we are slapped in the face with the cold reality that we’re not all we should be as followers of Jesus, Paul says now focus all your effort, all your energies on forgetting past mistakes, past wounds, people that have hurt you and look forward to what God is about to do through you and for you.
Being a Christian means to change. We can’t be the same in 2009 as we are in 2008. Otherwise we must admit that we’ve focused our effort, our energy, even our prayers on the wrong things.
How do we know what God has for us ahead? Ask Him.
Jeremiah 33:3 – Ask me and I will tell you some remarkable secrets about what is going to happen here.
When you start to hear God for yourself, faith is released. Don’t be afraid to ask God to reveal his destiny for you. He wants to!
Romans 10:17 – So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (nkj)
So then faith comes by listening to message of good news. (nlt)
Do you want to have fresh faith for the future? Then listen to the word of God and what He is saying about your life.
As you look at your year so far, what have you spent most of your time, most of your thoughts and your best energy on, things you can’t change or things you can?