A Passage and A Prayer 2/25/19

Moving Past the Past 
 
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. (Philippians 3:12-14)
 
The past can have a power over us, drawing us to focus on the weight of our previous sins or the glories of past success. Focusing on the brokenness keeps us trapped by fear and insecurity, feeling unworthy to accomplish the things God has for us to do. But focusing on the success of our past can have a similar effect: it can keep us from seeing the things God is putting in our lives to do now.

When I was in college, I remember sharing stories about high school sports, the “glory days.” I wasn’t a great athlete; I definitely was not good enough to continue playing in college. But dwelling on the past helped me feel like I was still successful. It had the power to keep me from pursuing new things. I also remember failing to convince everyone of an idea I had for our youth group. I felt dejected and rejected after that, and that event had the power to keep me from speaking up afterward.

Paul is reminding us to move past the past. God has an eternal future for us- one with resurrection power and perfect restoration. We will not be able to claim it fully until the last day, but we should be reaching for the end, the goal or destination, of our lives. And that is eternal life in Christ. We can move past the past, because God has already come to peace with it. Jesus paid the price for our past. And Jesus has more for us to do. Each day we live is a day God gives for us to accomplish His will. Move past the past, and see what it is God has for you to do in the present.

Dear Lord Jesus, You have a reason for us to be here. You have a purpose and a plan for this day and for all my days. Show me how I can be reaching for the resurrection and living intentionally today. Help me to move past my past. Assure me of Your forgiveness. Remind me of my ongoing value. Let me always trust in Your promise of eternal life. AMEN.


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