[CF Devotionals] 2015-01-02 - Forward and Backwards

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As we move into the New Year, there is a tendency to look back at what we have done, and to look forward to the things we hope to do in the year that lies ahead. This year, I am doing that a bit more than usual, as I have closed a 5-year chapter of my life spent serving as one church's Student Pastor, and as I begin a new chapter at another church, as their Youth Pastor.

As my mind began pondering the accomplishments of the past, I also had a passage of scripture pop into my head — just part of a verse, actually — so I did like all good Biblical scholars do, and I Googled it.

Philippians 3:7-15 (NIV)

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. 10 I want to know Christ – yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

12 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

15 All of us, then, who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

“Forget what lies behind and strain toward what is ahead.” I wanted to pat myself on the back for the good I accomplished at my old church, but I need to forget about it, and seize the future - continuing to move forward – continually progressing God's kingdom. This should be the cry of all mature believers, “Press on!” Ever going forward, there is never a time to retire, until near death's door, we can join Paul and then look back saying, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (2 Timothy 4:7 NIV)

Keep on keeping on, and do even more for God's glory in the new year.


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All scripture references are from the KJV unless otherwise noted.

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