Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV)
12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Out of the many things we wrestle with, I believe focus is one of the preeminent. There are so many things begging for our attention. We have work, bills, family, friends, issues, problems, and concerns – just life. As if life wasn’t enough, there are also the distractions of technology. Social media now commands our attention in ways I don’t think any of us would have ever imagined. In the midst of all of this, focus can be found drowning in the sea of the stuff of life.
Additionally, remnants of our past and the challenges of our imperfections can make us lose sight of the possibility we have in Christ and cause us to live down to self-inflicted stigma. All too often we allow our missteps and mistakes to make us believe we are unworthy of the greatness we are truly capable of.
The reality is in the midst of all the distractions and dysfunctions we are destined for something great. We have to make a decision to look past the “stuff” and employ Forward Focus.
In our scripture for today, we find Paul doing what he does best – being real. He is essentially saying, “All of us want to be “winning Christians” and fulfill the purposes for which we have been saved. “ Paul is expressing that there is nothing wrong for wanting to get this thing right and bet the best you can be. Yet, there is some realness in his expression that I want us to embrace. Paul shows us that we have to have Forward Focus.
There is power in a good perspective.
Paul expresses a truth. We are not there yet – none of us. I don’t care how many tongues you speak in, how many scriptures you can quote, or how many services you go to in a week . . . none of us are perfect. The power in this is simple. It’s okay to be flawed. God doesn’t love us because we have smooth edges. He loves us because we have rugged ones that He takes hold of, and begins to mold us and shape us into who we are to become. God isn’t surprised by our imperfections. God has always used imperfect people for a powerful purpose. Our histories are testimonies for others to be encouraged by. There is ministry in our missteps. We may have a past but we must not remain parked there. Our past is our launching pad for possibility that can change the perspective of our problematic situations.
Let go of the past and press toward possibility.
I know, it is easy to get bogged down in the weight of the past. I know, there are always reminders of things we could have, should have, and would have done differently. Yes, I know it is difficult to move beyond. But, we have to! The scripture says we have to forget what is behind us. Yeah, that seems impossible I know. Watch this. The Greek work here for forget means – to overlook. Our objective is to simply overlook that past stuff and focus on our future. Overlook all the mistakes, issues, and missteps and start looking toward the possibility God has promised. We must have forward focus beyond yesterday and live toward our tomorrow!
Look beyond the distraction toward destiny.
Paul says that we have to press toward our upward goal in Christ. First, we must ensure that we press beyond our past toward a deeper more excellent relationship with Christ. Also, there is so much more that God has for us beyond our today. We are latent with so much potential and possibility resting in the promise God. But, we have to press past life’s distractions and focus on our destiny. We have to look past Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and chase veraciously our victory. We can no longer allow our time to be spent murdering our dreams by giving attention to deathly distractions. Our priority must be to press toward our purpose!!! Press toward your business, your book, your degree, your ministry, your marriage, your family – Your Greatness. Decide to never quit! And if you do quit something, quit the doubt that distracts you from your destiny!
God is encouraging all of us to look beyond yesterday, ignore the distractions of today and embrace our greatness of tomorrow.
This week, let’s make it our purpose to look beyond the problems of the moment and live toward the possibility of the future. No matter what comes our way – Let’s live with Forward Focus!!!
Be Blessed . . .