“Not that I have already obtained all this,
or have already arrived at my goal,
but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, 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 3:12-14 (NIV)
Years ago I recall a church getting caught up in a movement where some of the saints claimed to be living the fully surrendered life. It sounded extraordinary for sure. I knew that Jesus was the only person in history who could say,
“The one who sent me is with me;
he has not left me alone,
for I always do what pleases him.”
John 8:29 (NIV).
Read Philippians and especially chapter 3 where Paul spoke of his own walk with the Lord. He said he had not arrived at his goal, had not taken hold of the goal and was pressing on to gain the prize. In other words, he was not there yet.
I was greatly encouraged by Paul’s comments on his current status as a Christian. If the man who wrote more of the New Testament than any other author, pioneered Christian missionary work, discipled preachers, defended the faith, and was martyred for the Gospel, felt he needed to improve on his Christian accomplishments, then I was in good company.
Perhaps you look back on your years as a believer and think you have not grown enough in grace, not won people to faith in Christ and not helped fellow Christians in their walk. There is hope for you going forward. Always keep in mind,
“You can’t go back and change the beginning,
but you can start where you are and change the ending.”
Satan will use all of his diabolical skills to remind you of past failures in order to discourage and demoralize you. Stop digging up past failures you have already dealt with and look forward to a bright future of obedience and honour for your beloved Lord and Saviour.
If you have been spinning your wheels, sit down and reaffirm your gifts and opportunities for service. Map out an action plan that is not too ambitious but rather has excellent potential to prosper and get going. Plan your work and then work your plan.
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord,
‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.’”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)
Your Father in heaven waits to bless and affirm you giving you new opportunities to be useful for His glory. Come to Him and come now.