Philippians 3:12–21 (ESV)
Straining Toward the Goal
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.
17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and
now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior,
the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
Anybody who knows me has heard my version of
“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.” I have updated it somewhat to a car, specifically the windshield and the rearview
mirror. Too often, we spend too much time focusing on the past (or looking through the rearview mirror). If you drive a car and you keep staring into the past, or the mirror to see where you have been, YOU WILL WRECK! The windshield
is large and the rearview mirror is small. The windshield shows us where we are going. Heaven is our future and our focus. Do not dwell on the past, God forgives and gives us a fabulous eternal future. Heaven is your home.
I pray: O Lord, you have given me the greatest gift , that is forgiveness and eternal life. Help me to be forgiving to those who have sinned against me and help me to ask forgiveness when I have sinned against
others. “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Amen.