Let’s dive right into our key text. This brings us to our key text coming out of Philippians 3:12 — 15 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. 13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
In Apostle Paul’s addressing of the Philippians, there are three lessons that we can take away from this passage of scripture:
1.) No matter how spiritually mature we become, we should never be so arrogant as to think that we are done growing. Despite his seasoned resume, even Apostle Paul is humble enough to acknowledge that he has not reached the peak of spiritual maturity.
2.) Don’t let the past hinder your spiritual maturation. “Forgetting those things which are behind” does not simply mean choosing not to remember the wrong we have done but choosing not to commit that wrong again. Because we are human, none of us are perfect, and there are times where we really mess up. No one knows this better than Paul. Before Paul accepted Christ’s calling on his life, he not only had a different name — Saul — he had an entirely different mission. He persecuted Christians rather than building God’s heavenly kingdom. If that isn’t messing up, I don’t know what is. Now, Paul could have allowed guilt over his past actions to convince him that he was not worthy of having a relationship with Christ. He could have even told himself that he was not worthy to accept God’s call on his life. Instead, however, he accepted Christ’s forgiveness, allowed himself to forgive himself, forgot those things which were behind, and did the next step.
3.) Reach forth to those things ahead. Growing in our relationship with Christ — getting closer to God — does not just happen when we sit idly by. Our divine relationship with Christ takes just as much work as maintaining our connections with loved ones here on earth. Love really is an action. It’s not enough to know about the mark — know about the Bible. It’s not enough to look at the mark — look at our Bibles. We must press towards the mark — study and apply the Word of God to our lives. It’s not enough to tell the Lord we love Him. He wants to see it in our actions. Let’s show our Heavenly Father how much we love Him on a daily basis.
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