A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster
for April 02, 2020
|Christians in Time|
Text: "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
Preoccupation with the past is the habit of historians and the aged. Experience (which is necessarily in the past) does bring discernment, but the posture of the greatest Apostle in the life of the Church was set in the future.
Paul was a man of one passion. He is in a race. He has a finish line, a goal. Perceiving that there was a prize to win, he set himself to respond like an athlete to the heavenward call. The book of Acts becomes more understandable when you see Paul as its chief figure racing through his missionary journeys, dashing from city to city, writing this and writing that, determined to finish his course and finish it well.
Some people have more energy than others. It appears that there are some who have appropriated divine energy for life's journey. If such was the case with Paul, surely it was because he was locked into what was ahead–including heaven itself. Time, for Paul, was simply a track that beckoned him to plunge into the future and finally cross the finish line.
To be followers of Paul, as he once urged, is not an easy call.