pursue the goal

Written By Eddie Duke

I want a better 2021. 

That’s not to say that 2020 was completely horrific.  It wasn’t.  I am so thankful for many things I got to do in 2020.  I am thankful for the opportunity I have now to transition more into the life that I believe Jesus wants for me.  There were good things in 2020.  But I want 2021 to be better.  That is the goal we have before us – for a better path in 2021.

My sermon title yesterday was “The First Step on a Better Path Is Reaching for the Hope in Jesus”  

With that in mind, will you commit the following passage to your quiet and devotion time this week? 

Philippians 3:12-14 says “Not that I have already reached the goal or am already perfect, but I make every effort to take hold of it because I also have been taken hold of by Christ Jesus. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, 14 I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”

Verse 13 – “Forgetting what is behind…”  The past is a great place to visit, but a terrible place to live.  It’s time that we stop letting the past be an anchor dragging us back time and again.  The past is a rudder that we use for perspective to steer ahead.  Today, commit to let the past go.  

Verse 13 – “…reaching forward to what is ahead.”  Do you feel the energy in this part of the verse? It is not like Paul is “dreading going forward to what is ahead” or “anxious about what lies ahead.”  He is energized.  Some of us are so paralyzed in fear and worry about what is going to happen tomorrow that we are not really living today.  The Bible says that we need to pray that God will teach us to number our days.  The Bible says we should measure our life in our days and not our years.  Why?  Because the only way we can keep from worrying about what is going to take place in the future is by committing to live and enjoy the day God has given us day.  Today, commit to love and live for today.  

Verse 14 – “I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”  Do not lose sight of the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.  Today, commit to live for and in the hope that we have in Jesus.  

Please continue to pray for Jackie and all the family of Larry Chapman.  When I know the arrangements, I will let you know.  

I prayed for you this morning.  Forget…Don’t worry…Reach for Jesus

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