Phil 3:13-15 “But one thing I do”
Last year is over – it will never come again! Last year we faced challenges, difficulties, pressures. These are all “things which are behind” – they will never come again, it is a new season. We are entering a new season full of possibilities – “things which are ahead." God has planned everything for us – opportunities, people to meet, relationships, things to do. Our part: Establish a clear focus in our personal life. “One thing I do” → Paul had a clear focus – pursuit of following Christ – intimacy and obedience.
Things to forget
Forgetting “those things which are behind." Forget means to lose out of the mind, to let go awareness of, cease focusing on. Don’t live in the past: successes and achievements or failures, offenses. Paul had great personal achievements. Paul also had immense failures – wrong perspectives – persecuted believers. Don’t make the things behind you the focus of your life! For example Mistakes, failures, disappointments, sorrows, offenses. The Bible says in Exodus 14:15 “… why do you cry to me, tell the children of Israel to go forward." What do you need to let go of? Bring it before the Lord. Ask Holy Spirit to reveal how you need to respond.
Things to reach out for
“Reaching forward to those things that are ahead." Reaching means to stretch out, to stretch forward.
Change and growth is always in the stretch. Stretch means to extend self out beyond the normal limitations. God has placed desires and dreams in your heart – what are they? What areas do you need to stretch out in during this season? What areas do you need to grow in? Extend your faith in? What will you do to go beyond your comfort zone? Reach people?
Things to pursue
“I press towards the goal for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." Press means to pursue, to flee, to follow after. Each of us has a race to run, a course to complete, a prize to win. We are placed in Christ to represent Him – act on His behalf. No one can run your race for you. Make your focus to be following Christ. Don’t look around at what others do and let them the standard. John 21:21 “But Lord, what about this man? … what is that to you, you follow Me!” Follow Me → active pursuit of intimacy and obedience to Christ.
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