Devotion for February 16, 2023

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 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 3:12-14)

Have you ever been taken out of a task? I have. It’s happened to most people, even to high achievers and kids. It hurts, and it feels like your effort is wasted, right? It can even make you feel like giving up. Don’t.

It’s not always a human dealing with you. It depends on what you’re facing. Sometimes, you’re doing it to yourself. Other times, there may be a spiritual enemy on the scene.

It’s good for us to remind ourselves that we don’t have one task to do, we have many — small or big ones. The question is, how does the task you’re doing fit in with the big picture of God’s plan?

Here, Paul shows us how he works diligently towards his goal. He doesn’t clearly explain what that goal is. But Paul felt he had not yet arrived and still needed to press on till the end.

Whether you reached your goals or you didn’t last year, you have a new opportunity today. Let go of what happened in your past, good or bad.

Did you hear that? Leave it behind. “I’m pressing forward,” is the motto.

No matter what worked out well or didn’t, don’t permit that past to hold you back. God has not limited his purpose for your life to one task, one workplace, or one group of people.

Grab hold of the opportunity that is ahead of you.

Prayer

Lord, lead me to the tasks You would have me do, then give me the strength and wisdom to let me to “press forward” to the end. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Stay encouraged!

Pastor Mike

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