Philippians 3 13 Brethren,: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Past mistakes is one thing that can keep us from stepping out into our purpose. It may cause us to hold back because we are fearful of what people may say. Paul had to grapple with that dilemma. He could have allowed his history of persecuting the church to stop him from stepping out into his purpose, but he refused to let it stop him. As a result, some were suspicious of his activities and may have asked “what is he playing?”. Paul answered his detractors in Philippians 3:13 when he said “I count not myself to have apprehended”. What Paul was saying was that he was fulfilling his purpose not because he was perfect or better than anyone else. He was making it clear that he had his imperfections. God has a way of calling imperfect people to do his work; Moses, David and Peter are only a few examples. What that should tell you is that God will use you despite your imperfections, so do not let your past stop you from walking out into purpose.
There were two (2) things that Paul did to get past his past. His starting point was “forgetting those things that were behind; that meant that Paul put his past behind him. Rather than live his life beating up himself about his past errors or wondering what people would think, he put it behind him and moved forward. If Paul had dwelled on the past, he would have been stuck at the same level.
The second step that Paul took was to “press towards the mark of the prize of the high calling, so after he put his past behind him, he pressed towards the level that God has called him to. Instead of focusing on what people would think and say Paul focused on what God had called him to do. He used the word “press” to indicate that there were obstacles and challenges, but he kept pushing ahead because his eyes were fixed on getting to where God wanted him to be.
Refuse to let your past stop you from getting to where God wants you to be, when God has called you to much more.
Life Application: Get past your past by putting your past behind you and make it your goal and focus on the place where God wants you to be despite the challenges that you may face.
Prayer: Lord, help me to get past my past and recognize that you have forgiven me and will use me despite my weaknesses. In Jesus’ name, amen.