Yesterday I posted some thoughts on Philippians 3:13-14 by Bayless Conley. Today I want to do the same again as he draws out some more helpful thoughts on the same verses.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
The key word I want to have you focus on today is forgetting. I want you to understand the importance of forgetting the past so you can move forward.
Some people – perhaps you – cannot reach forward because they are continually looking backwards. Their focus is on their past sins, their past mistakes, their past failures, their past hurts.
God does not want you to live in the past, but rather focus on the future. Bury your past so you can uncover your future.
In Philippians 3:13-14, Paul says,
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
The phrase I want to direct you to today is Paul’s statement, “One thing I do.” These are echoes of words King David spoke when he said, “One thing I desire,” and Jesus, who said to the rich young ruler, “There is one thing you lack.”
Then there is the blind man, who had been blind from birth, whom Jesus healed. When he was questioned, he said, “There is one thing I know: I was blind, now I see.” One thing I do; one thing I desire; one thing you lack; one thing I know.
Each of these statements points to a vital thing needed if you are to grow in your spiritual life: FOCUS.
The problem with many people is they are far too scattered. They are trying to do everything and be everything. They try to be a jack-of-all-trades and end up being a master of none.
If that describes you today, let me ask you a question: What is the one main thing that should be the focus of your life?
The Church has a calling to fulfil. It is not just to represent Jesus on earth but to take his message of good news to the peoples of the earth.
Sometimes in my opinion we get too focused on what happens in our churches whereas God is equally concerned with what is happening outside our churches.
I am not saying that we should not be concerned about our church services, and worship, for they are vitally important. However, these services should be building us up for our ministry of witness outside of the church to the people we meet in our daily lives.
God bless us in our witness.