Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, 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.
We can never rest in a place of satisfaction in our accomplishments. Has God brought you a great distance and transformed you to the point where the old you is completely unrecognizable in you? He has only just begun. We must press on and not be content with our present circumstance. If we do we will find ourselves reminiscing over the things that God did back in the day and back in the day will grow further and further into the past until it is just a distant memory. When that happens we will be dry bones laying on the floor of the valley bleaching in the sun. I have gotten so sick of that expression, “Back in the day.” It sends out a message that says the best is behind us. God says the best is yet to come. 1 Corinthians 2:9 “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” If we keep reaching forward towards Jesus He has reserved for us the very best, the most desirable. Jesus makes eight different promises in the Book of Revelation to those who overcome the pinnacle of which is Revelation 3:21; To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. Every day and every event between now and then is another step closer to that throne. Every day we are closer to that throne our passions should burn hotter, our anticipation should be heightened.
Christian stir yourself up from your slumber and go outside and at the top of your lungs declare to the heavens and to the world. “Oh Jesus I love You and I am amazed at this very moment. I know that the next moment coming will be even more amazing because You have saved me and You are for me!” Paul goes on to say, Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead. We all want to forget the painful things of the past, hurts and offenses that breed resentment, those things must go. Failures that bring shame and sorrow and regret, if we hold on to those things we are denying that the cross was sufficient to do its job and that Jesus died in vain. We must let those things go. All the times we have promised God our faithfulness only to find ourselves in the way of the prodigal again and again. In 1758 Robert Robinson wrote, “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing”, and these words strike so true in my heart; Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, prone to leave the God I love; Here’s my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for Thy courts above. God will seal our hearts for His courts above and in fact He has done just that. Ephesians 1:13-14 makes it clear the secure nature of our position; In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory. So not only should we let go of the darker and more shameful aspects of our past but we should let go of our prideful attachments to our victories. Romans 8 says we are more than conquerors but it say it is through Him who loved us. I sometimes want to boost myself up on the past accomplishments. Things I did in and for the kingdom, and here we go with it, “Back in the day.” So I don’t want to get up in the morning with the shame of past failures or the self-satisfaction of past victories either. Rather I want to get up and give God a clean slate every morning. I want to get up a completely empty vessel so that I can be filled afresh and anew. Come,Thou Fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace; Streams of mercy, never ceasing, call for songs of loudest praise.
“Lord today I will stand under the spout where Your glory comes out. I will not hold on to the past, either its failures or its successes. I am looking for fresh oil of anointing. I am seeking a new and glorious height in You today Lord. Every moment of every day and every breath I take will be more full of You than the one before, amen.”