Those things which are before
Daily Devotional for Saturday December 31st 2016
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, Philippians 3:13
The worst thing we can do is live in the past. To every life that begins with Jesus, the past has been erased. All of the past faults, failures, regrets, etc.; all of those things have been cast into God’s great sea of forgetfulness and never to be remembered against us. So why should we dwell there? Our focus should rather be on the things which lie before us.
Our greatest problem is we go on with our lives as though we are still in charge. If we continue to live as we did before, then we are not forgetting those things behind us. Accomplishing the will of God should be our main objective. Winning souls for Christ, laboring in the fields and growing as a child of God; all of these things represent a reaching forth unto those things which are before.
Another year has come and gone. You may look back on this year rejoicing in all the victory Jesus won for you. You could be viewing this year as one of the hardest years because of losing a loved one, divorce, spiritual failures and things of that nature. Regardless, the things that lie before us should always be the object of our focus.
Paul wrote to Timothy that he had fought a good fight, finished the course and kept the faith. He may have reflected on his life but did not end there. He finished with the words “there is therefore laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” Paul’s eyesight was toward Heaven. Don’t allow the cares of this life to distract you from the ultimate goal; Heaven. Living one hundred years down here will not be able to compare to what awaits us. There is a home in Heaven that await all who have been washed in the blood of the Jesus Christ; the Lamb of God.