Near the end of his life, Paul was still “reaching forward to what lies ahead” in Christ. (Phil 3:13) Do you suppose that he may have looked at life this way all throughout his ministry? How productive might we become if we were to pursue God’s will with such an attitude? I think Paul knew something most of us haven’t even thought about. What is it? God is the God of the now!
He sees our future, and He knows our past. But for Him it’s always now. When we enter the now of life in Jesus, we touch eternity. So just think how life might change by living in the present, rather than putting our hope in the future, or being hobbled by the past. Wouldn’t life take on more meaning? Not only that, but wouldn’t we experience a greater sense of joy in serving God with that goal always in mind?
From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself