No more being simply a hearer, He’s requiring us to be doers of His word as well. Today’s reading is:
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
I’m loving the way these passages are tying into a theme of action. Let go of the past. It can’t be changed and it can’t be a deterrent for where you want to go. We haven’t arrived, but it should be our hope to be pressing toward a goal greater than where we are, greater than what we’ve been through and greater than what we can imagine. The word of the Lord declares that He can do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us (Ephesians 3:20). Something has to be working in us to get us to the prize, but a constant remembering of the past will deter that work. We are going to make mistakes in life, but learn from them and press on to that higher calling of God in Christ Jesus. We don’t live to relive the past; we live to see Jesus!
What do I do now Lord in order to please you?…