As we come to Jesus and begin to understand who we are in Him, it is time to learn from the past, then put it behind, and move on ahead. Paul makes it clear in today’s scripture that he is on a journey. He knows he is not perfect, but he determines to forget what used to motivate him…forgetting his past achievements. He reaches forward…to become all Jesus wants him to be. He is moving in the right direction, toward Jesus…and he is not turning back.
That’s where we need to be, too. On a journey toward Jesus, to accomplishing His purpose for us. In the verse for today, Paul talks about forgetting. He is not talking about having amnesia for our past. Some Christians will tell you, “You are a new creation, don’t look at your past, only look forward.”
Now listen closely as this is a very important point that seems clear and silly when I say it, but it is a powerful point with many ramifications that clarify the process of a journey for the prize. Well, when we accepted Christ as our personal savior, we didn’t get a brain transplant. If we were totally transformed at that point of salvation, we would never have sinned again. How sad that as believers, we still do sin. So there must be something we have to do to allow the Holy Spirit to complete the job He is tasked with.
In order to allow the Holy Spirit to work in us and through us, one thing we need to do is look at how our past adversely influences our present decision-making. We need to forget the old motivations, goals, pursuits we once had…we want to stop conforming to the world’s system.
We need to focus on the Jesus and the goal. That will then form the transformed lenses we will use to take every thought captive and allow God to come in to those old areas of hurt. Then healing can occur…and truth will replace the ripples of distortion that Satan wants fogging our lenses.
Today, don’t ruminate about the past, but don’t ignore it as if you had a brain transplant. Your past is affecting your decisions now, so examine your decisions to understand how your past affects them. This will show you what is at the center of your heart. Your past will reveal why that is at the center of your heart and not God at times.
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Dear Father God, thank You for Your healing and forgiveness. Help me to truly leave my hurts and failures in the past and keep my eyes on Jesus as I move forward along the path You have for me. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One who has made everything right, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.