Fighting the good fight
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:12-14
When you believe God is true to His promises, you will not regret fighting the good fight of His upward calling. This is what the apostle Paul recognized as he lived his life faithful to God’s call. He remained focus on one thing: “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” He knew that he could not trust God with his future if he will continue to cling to his past. No more relieving past sins and failures, no more wondering of what could have been, instead just having the realization that all these part of his past were surrendered at the foot of the cross of Christ. From then on his goal was to continually grow in the knowledge of Christ. “I want to know Christ and experience the mighty power that raised him from the dead. I want to suffer with him, sharing in his death” (Philippians 3:10). This was always what was in front of him. Because of this awareness, he understood that the way he lived ought to be worthy of the Lord and Savior who called and chose him. This was also what he urged the Christians at Philippi to do. “Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ” (Philippians 1:27). Like Paul, once you know and trust that God cares you will look forward anticipating the life He is preparing for you. You will live in accordance with His word and even when you go through difficulties in life, you believe that “God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). You will also have the assurance that His presence is with you for He promise “I will never fail you I will never abandon you” (Hebrews 13:5). Remain faithful to God so that no matter what your circumstances will be, let God use them to show through your life that He is faithful.