“Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” Philippians 3-13-14.
Being a Christian is hard, but God is with us. Sometimes people may think that when you come to Christ, everything is all rosy, but that is not the case. Many people are being persecuted just because of their faith in Christ. In the midst of all this, we must keep pressing forward to the prize that is ahead of us. God has admonished us in His word that in this world we will go through trials and tribulations, but we should be of good cheer because He has overcome the world. Paul stated in the book of Acts that we must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.
In reference to the above scripture, the Apostle Paul makes a comparison of a runner who focuses on the goal ahead of him. The Apostle Paul stated his goal as “the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” In verse 13, Paul has made up his mind to focus on moving forward and not to look at the past. When we read the above scripture, we can deduce that the Apostle Paul has one clear goal in mind to be in heaven with God.
I will admonish each one of us to let go of the past mistakes and failures to have one goal in mind being in heaven with God. Apostle Paul in his scriptural writings looks forward to his faithful service to God. We should all strive to emulate him. We should do things in the house of God without grumbling and murmuring because whatever we do faithfully will be rewarded. Paul stated in 1Corinthians 15:58 that our labor in the Lord will not be in vain.
Apostle Paul’s writing and teaching was not to focus on the past but to continue to pursue God and I believe this can be our passion as well.