Our devotion for today is entitled, “Don’t Dwell On What’s Behind You” and my text is Philippians 3:13. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,” (KJV) As we come to the close of this year, the apostle Paul gives us instructions concerning the past. Beginning with this verse, Paul shifts his message from his own personal sacrifices and dedication to God, now to give instruction for being useful in the Christian race of life because Paul viewed his life and ministry as a marathon race to obtain the “Prize.”
With that in mind, Paul wanted to win the race and obtain the prize for the glory of God. In order to do that, he forgot all of his setbacks, achievements and the various prospects for human advancement. He forgot all the opposition, the persecution, and the trouble along the way and as a marathon runner, nearing the finish line he reached forth toward the goal. As we near the end of 2018, we could look back at valleys and failures and get discouraged. We could look back at victories and triumphs and become prideful. Or we could decide to just keep our eyes on Jesus, looking unto Him, the Author and Finisher of our faith. If we want to receive the prize, or “well done,” we will keep our eyes on our Lord and determine to honor Him in a greater way in the days ahead.
Pastor Joey Durham