Are You Completing the Race?

By: Woody Godbey

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
— Philippians 3:13-14

Anyone who has run a race knows that you can break your stride if you look over your shoulder to see where your opponents are. Many races have been lost when the leader looked back. When you see that finish line, that's the time to give it everything you've got because sometimes it's just inches that separate one runner from another. You must stay focused.

 That is exactly what Paul is saying in Philippians 3:13-14. The apostle was saying, "Don't look back. Don't look behind you, keep going and focus on the finish line,”

 When God promises, "I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins" (Isaiah 43:25), He is not predicting a lapse in His memory. God is saying. "I will no longer hold your sin against you because my Son has paid for it at the cross."

 Over the years I have met and tried to help a lot of people who couldn’t let go of their past. Some were truly haunted by their past and just couldn’t believe that God wiped it out when they got saved or asked for forgiveness. We need to do what God does in Isaiah 43:25, forget our past. Yes, we certainly need to learn from our mistakes and remember some of the bitter lessons we have learned. But we no longer need to be controlled by our past.

 That is what Paul meant by "forgetting what is behind." Think about the horrible things Paul had done. He shared responsibility for the death of Stephen and had to carry that in his conscience until his final day. He knew that he was responsible for terrible deeds. But he was able to put his past in the past. And we need to do the same. Please, do not let your past haunt you because it is in the sea of God’s forgetfulness. God Bless!