Philippians 3:13-14 – Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it on my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul is encouraging the Philippian Church in faith to know Christ through His sufferings and the power of the resurrection. Paul is focused on the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus. Paul lets the Philippians know he did not nor will he get where he is striving by himself only through the power of the Holy Spirit. We have to look forward not backwards to the eternal goal and calling of Jesus.
I must always remember that nothing I do, attempt to do or even accomplish is of my own apart from Christ and the Spirit working in me. The goal for Paul, writing from prison, is the same for me, the upward call of Christ Jesus. This means I have to keep my eyes focused on the prize and strain which can cause discomfort. I can’t allow myself to be distracted by events, conditions or prevailing ideology of the day. In my walk I love the analogy of Pastor Tony Evans. I have to be forward focused looking clearly out the big front windshield of the car while only glancing at what is behind to learn not to have the enemy use it to try and disqualify me. Press on and move forward the Kingdom.
Thank you for your love, grace and mercy you give freely to us in Jesus. Let the power of the Spirit lead and guide me to stay focused by following you to bring you glory and further your Kingdom!