Remembering 10

This post is Day 10 in a series of studies about “Remembering”. I strongly suggest you begin with the introduction to this study, please click here to read it.

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Remembering – Day 10

Philippians 3:13-14

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, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me Heavenward in Christ Jesus.

The Thought

At the beginning of this chapter, Paul is speaking out against those who insist that believers be circumcised. He speaks of his own experience as a devout Jew, but goes on to say that physical signs are worth nothing. Having your heart right with God is the most important thing a person can do. Having a physical sign of something does not have any longterm significance. God looks on our hearts, and does not really care about any signs that many believers on earth are concerned by.

At the time he was writing this letter, Paul’s most important aim was to get to heaven and meet the Jesus he used to hate, but now loves and worships. He who was once known as Saul, and was a persecutor of believers (Acts 7:57), met the risen Lord on that road to Damascus and became a changed person (Acts 9)! Hallelujah! There is hope today for all who do not believe.

Once converted Paul became the best known travelling preacher ever, leaving us much good advice. Let’s take note today of this advice to forget what is behind.


Read Acts 9 today and imagine the agony that Paul, the very proud Jew, went through when he realised he had been aiming for the wrong goal, and must forget what he had learned and in humility be lead by others until his blindness was miraculously cured.

Paul’s goal was dramatically changed! Think about your goal in life, and ask yourself if you have already attained that goal. What is the goal that Jesus has for you? Are they the same? Pray for clarity about your future.

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