"Brothers and sisters, 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
Back when I was coaching high school basketball, we used to set game goals and season goals. We wanted to shoot above a certain amount of shots per game. We wanted to limit our turnovers per game, average so many assists per game, and steal so many possessions per game. During the season, we wanted to average so many points per game and so many wins for the season. We knew what we wanted, and we worked very hard to achieve those goals.
Paul also knew a thing or two about goals and what he wanted. In Philippians 3, Paul said that he "considered everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus." He went on to say that he wanted "to know Christ - yes, to know the power of His resurrection and participation in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead." Paul wanted to know Christ and become more like Him in every way. He recognized that he had not yet achieved this in his life. So what did he do? He had a goal! He said in Philippians 3:13-14, "Brothers and sisters, 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." We need to embrace Paul's humble example. Sure, we are not even close to who or what we want to become. We need God's help. But we can't dwell on the past, whether good or bad. It's hard, if not impossible, to move forward while looking backward. We must "press on toward the goal." As Christ followers, the goal is to become more and more like Christ each day. There is more to be learned, more to be experienced, and more to be embraced. Let's press on toward the goal!