“Brothers, 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.” Philippians 3:13-14
If you were in a competition as a young boy or girl or competed in any kind of sport in junior high or high school, you probably received some kind of trophy. A trophy is a physical symbol of a past victory. And years later, when that trophy is viewed, memories of the good ole’ days rush back into one’s mind. Similarly, the Apostle Paul had spiritual trophies from past victories. Paul preached and saw many come to Christ. He planted churches. All in all, he had many high spiritual mountain top experiences. But whatever accomplishments he had, he intentionally forgot about them all to pursue His personal relationship with Jesus. For you, maybe it was a mission trip several years ago, maybe it was seeing that family member come to know Jesus personally. These past victories are to be celebrated but not at the expense of following Jesus in what He desires for us today.
What has been your perspective on past spiritual victories? Have they held you back from experiencing what God wants to do in your life today?