Forgetting That Which Is Behind
We are not the people we once were. We have grown from where we were to where we are now. We are able to accomplish more, endure more, and strive for higher goals than ever before because we have grown. Things that once would have kept us back are no longer obstacles for us. We have conquered many things that had previously conquered us. But to rest on our former accomplishments distracts us from pressing toward toward the mark. We are not who we once were, but neither are we who we will yet become. Each achievement and each victory prepares us for the next one, and the next one, and so on it goes.
Some athletes achieve their goals and then immediately retire from any more competition. They live to remember “the good old days” and recount the thrill of past victories over and over. But the Christian life is not finished until we stand before the throne of God in heaven. Our work on earth is not completed until God says it is. When Christ said, “It is finished”
(John 19:30), He had full confidence that He had done all that His Father had asked of Him. Paul’s life was coming to an end when he wrote, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the
faith. 8Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.” (2 Tim. 4:7–8).
Prayer: Father, today give the courage and strength to stay the course and finish the race.
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