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, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.–Phil. 3:13-14
The start of a new week is sometimes a reality-check. It’s plunging head first back into the reality that you don’t have it all together, that life can still catch you off guard and unprepared, that last week’s miserable failures still have to be cleaned up. But if you don’t get anything else done today, do the one thing Paul recommended under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Reach forth—with both hands. Let go of the past sins and failings and regrets. And reach with both hands toward the prize.
For some of us, we’ve been holding on to the past so long we’ve forgotten what the prize is. It is God’s high calling. What has God called you to be? Christ-like, holy, a child of God. This calling is a high, heavenly calling that can only be obtained “in Christ Jesus.”
It can only be obtained through the “power of his resurrection,” through “the fellowship of his sufferings,” and by “being made conformable unto his death.” But to strive for any other goal is to mind earthly things. With both hands reaching toward the goal, toward Christ, we’ll discover that the work is not really our work at all. Your high calling is gained through the same power that subdues all things. The power that propels you to the finish line is the same power that subdued death itself.
It’s pointless to look back and hold on to regrets when the greatest power of all is ensuring that you make it to the finish line. Your only task is to keep that finish line in view.