I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.(Phil 3:14)
In the television series The West Wing, fictional president Josiah Bartlet regularly ended staff meetings with two words—“What’s next?” It was his way of signaling that he was finished with the issue at hand and ready to move on to other concerns. The pressures and responsibilities of life in the White House demanded that he not focus on what was in the rear-view mirror—he needed to keep his eyes ahead, moving forward to what was next.
In a sense, the apostle Paul had a similar perspective on life. He knew that he had not “arrived” spiritually, and that he had a long way to go in becoming like Christ. What could he do? He could either fixate on the past, with its failures, disappointments, struggles, and disputes, or he could learn from those things and move on to “what’s next.”
In Philippians 3, Paul tells us how he chose to live his life: “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (vs.13-14). It’s a perspective that speaks of moving on—of embracing what’s next. It is where we too must focus as we seek to be shaped into the image of the Savior while we look forward to eternity with Him.
Lord help me to press towards the goal seeking to do your will and relying on your grace alone.Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Onward and upward your course plan today, seeking new heights as you walk Jesus’ way; heed not past failures, but strive for the prize, aiming for goals fit for His holy eyes.
Christian Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church