FORGET ABOUT IT
Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead.
I remember hearing a sermon about this passage of scripture as a young Christian many years ago. The preacher said something that has stuck with me all of these years, “forget the bad things and the good things from my past”, because they can both hinder God’s plan for my life. Forgetting the hurts, offenses, disappointments as well as the victories, accomplishments and breakthroughs of the past are part of what Paul is describing in this verse. 2010 may have been a great year or a horrible year for you, forget about it. Embrace Christ today in this moment leaving behind everything of the past. Albert Barnes had some powerful things to say about this passage, listen to his thoughts about Phil.3:13.
“Forgetting those things which are behind – There is an allusion here undoubtedly to the Grecian races. One running to secure the prize would not stop to look behind him to see how much ground he had run over, or who of his competitors had fallen or lingered in the way. He would keep his eye steadily on the prize, and strain every nerve that he might obtain it. If his attention was diverted for a moment from that, it would hinder his flight, and might be the means of his losing the crown. So the apostle says it was with him. He looked onward to the prize. He fixed the eye intently on that. It was the single object in his view, and he did not allow his mind to be diverted from that by anything – not even by the contemplation of the past. He did not stop to think of the difficulties which he had overcome, or the troubles which he had met, but he thought of what was yet to be accomplished.”
Paul often spoke about the discipline of the Olympic athletes, he said that they labored for a perishable crown, we for the eternal. Where does the supernatural perseverance come from? It obviously comes from divine revelation. The beauty of Christ has a profound effect on our actions, perseverance comes from the perception of the matchless value of spiritual things. The athelete gives his all because he values the reward, the same can be true for us as we perceive the true value of the heavenly reward. As we set our heart and passion on Christ alone we forget those things behind, at the same time we embrace the present and the Glory that lies just ahead.