Devotions By Jan

Forgetting Something?


Scripture for Today:  Phil. 3:13b-14 “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.”

We all have problems with forgetting from time to time.  Who among us hasn’t come back from the pantry, proud to have remembered what we went there for, and then dismayed to have forgotten why we  wanted it!  OK, maybe that’s just me!  In any case, there are definite things the Bible tells us to forget!

Paul is saying that to make any progress in our Christian growth, we are to FORGET what is behind.  I always assumed, knowing Paul’s past to be one of persecution for the Church, that he meant his past sins.  However, the context of the passage speaks of his Jewish lineage, his zeal and his righteousness.  He counted his religiosity and good works as rubbish in order to know Christ and have the righteousness which comes from faith in Him.

What does this mean for me?  Do I pride myself in past accomplishments in the realm of good works?  Am I on  “cruise control” in my spiritual journey, thinking what I’ve already done for the Lord somehow can carry me along?  Or am I motivated to keep on keeping on?  Any spiritual pride or SELF righteousness will keep me from moving forward.  Better to forget even the good things in my past if they cause me to be complacent in the present!


3 thoughts on “Forgetting Something?

  1. You’re right: even good things can hold us back! And…. I hope you didn’t drive off with your purse on your car!!


  2. I like this just great !!


  3. Cute car!! What a blessing the giver has been ! I have left Starbucks coffee on the top of my car-only to “remember” when I saw the dark latte liquid streaming down my windshield! Great devotion; very meaningful.


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