12 I have not yet received all these things. I have not yet reached my goal. Christ Jesus took hold of me so that I could reach that goal. So I keep pushing myself forward to reach it. 13 Brothers and sisters, I don’t consider that I have taken hold of it yet. But here is the one thing I do. I forget what is behind me. I push hard toward what is ahead of me. 14 I push myself forward toward the goal to win the prize. God has appointed me to win it. The heavenly prize is Christ Jesus himself. 15 So all of us who are grown up in the faith should see things this way. Maybe you think differently about something. But God will make it clear to you. 16 Only let us live up to what we have already reached.
I love the idea of our lives as a race. We have all seen those toned athletes sprint it out along the track in the Olympics. I would like to think my spiritual journey is like that. Coordinated, flawless, powerful. You know, just like Usain Bolt. The reality is many days my race feels more like a Sunday school picnic 3-legged race. A bit unco with the potential for a fall any moment.
Regardless of what my race looks like there are some things we all need to do. Firstly always press on regardless, never giving up. It breaks my heart when I hear of friends who have given up their faith, how much more must it grieve our Heavenly Father. Maintain your focus on the goal – don’t be distracted by what’s happening on the sidelines. Paul urges us to press on to what’s ahead, forgetting the past. We have to remember as believers our past is dealt with. If I am running my race constantly turning back to what’s behind me then I will probably run off the track. I have to bring my best race, make good choices every day to keep my eyes on the goal. I want to finish strong. Lastly cheer along those in the race – we always do better if we receive encouragement!
Heavenly Father thank you for all you have done for me. Help me to keep my focus on where you are taking me. Help me to run my best race today and bring Glory to you. Help me Lord to stay strong in my faith. Thank you God that my past is safe in your hands. In Jesus name Amen.
Written by Christine Knight