“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” Philippians 3:13
Many of us have a great memory. We can tell you what someone said or did 20 years ago and how it made us feel. Our mind remembers in great detail everything done and how it deeply affected us. So when the Bible says forgetting those things that are behind, most of us often have a problem doing that. We must understand what this means. To forget in this text means to “lose out of mind” or to not dwell on it. Forgetting is an active term. It means whenever something negative from our past comes to mind, we don’t give it three seconds of our attention. We don’t give it time to barge in and plant itself in our minds. This can also include telling those who enjoy bringing up the past that you’ve decided to forget those things in the past so you can reach for what God has placed before you.
That’s what “before” means in this text. Its not a future or far off in the distance term as you might suppose. It comes from the Greek word “emprosthen” which means in front of. You will find this same word in Matthew 5:16 where Jesus says to let your light so shine before men, in front of men, right in their presence and sight.
You must know that God has placed His perfect desires and plans right before you, right in your presence and right in front of your sight, and it is His will that you see and seize all He has for you. He has rewards, opportunities, blessings, divine connections, godly success and more. He wants to enrich your life and make you a blessing, but you must choose to habitually lose out of mind those things in your past and reach for what’s right before you. The decision is yours!
Prayer: Father God, thank You for speaking directly to my heart. Help me to not dwell on the past, but to reach for what’s You’ve so graciously placed right in front of me. I give my mind and heart to You. Help me Lord. Help my eyes to see what you want me to see and open my hands reach for it and enjoy what You’ve given me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
(Read Philippians 3:10-14)