Paul told the Philippian church in chapter 3 verses 13 and 14 – “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. I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
This ONE THING! You cannot reach forward to that which is before, unless at the same time you forget those things which are behind! Maybe everything didn’t go your way in 2018…maybe your dreams weren’t fulfilled, and your plans weren’t attained, and your goals weren’t realized. Maybe 2018 brought loss, or hurt, or shame, or regret. Maybe 2018 ended on a downward spiral, instead of an upward trajectory. Whatever happened in 2018…that calendar year is over, it’s closed, it’s final.
Many people begin each new year with new resolutions. New physical, or personal goals. I think God would challenge us this year to press toward the mark! Set spiritual goals! Forget your past failures, and this year, become what God intends for you to become! Maybe it’s your prayer life, maybe your church attendance, maybe your personal walk with God. Maybe it’s winning souls, maybe it’s following after that calling of God that you have pushed to the back burner. Whatever the case, let’s forget that which is behind, and reach forth unto that which is before!
There is a prize we are trying to attain! Heaven is the ultimate goal, but while on this earth, the perfect will of God for each of our lives is the mark! Let’s press toward a higher calling in 2019! Let’s pray more than we have ever prayed! Let’s see revival, and miracles, and souls saved! Let’s press toward the mark in Jesus’ name!