Forgetting What Lies Behind

Toward the end of his life, Paul was imprisoned in Rome. In the midst of this ordeal, he made this remarkable statement: “one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” “Forgetting what lies behind?” (Philippians 3:13-14)  Just think about that!

Imagine the richness he experienced throughout his ministry. Few have ever rivaled such a life. And yet here he was with confident expectation about the future, refusing to place any hope in past victories. Right then and there Paul was determined to reach forward, making a fresh start toward God’s purpose. Why is that so remarkable? Shouldn’t pressing on in such a manner be the goal of every believer? Well, try it—whatever stage of life you’re at. You might be amazed!