91. Forgetting What Lies Behind

Toward the very end of his life, Paul was imprisoned in Rome, facing death. 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?” Just think about that! Imagine the richness he experienced throughout his ministry. Few in history 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!

From Free from the Power of Sin: the Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

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