Phil.3:13,14 – 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 press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
The new works of God are what I like to call naturally supernatural. That comes close to being an oxymoron but that is the way spiritual things are in this goofy, secular world. I am thinking about stepping in to new things because of the season I believe Victory Fellowship as we celebrate our church’s 40th anniversary. The last forty years have been amazing but with all of the great things we have seen it is still the past. Paul seems almost insensitive when he said he was forgetting the former things to embrace the new. What were some of those former things? They included things like his prophetic calling into the ministry, participating in the great revival in Antiock, launching churches in Syria and in Asia, as well as planting the first churches in Europe. He had seen blind eyes open, the deaf hear, and the lame leap for joy. There had been supernatural deliverance from prison and multitudes coming to Christ throughout the region. Paul loved what God had done but he said he was going to forget those things and embrace Christ. In the same passage in Philippians Paul gives us the key, the way we can forget the good and the bad of the past and embrace the new. This is how he said it, Phil.3:10,11 – “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead”.
There are two things in this passage that give us the answer. First, our pursuit is Christ Himself, not the things He has done through us. Our passion is to know Him deeply and out of that ministry takes place. The second key is this, the resurrection from the dead. Paul’s life was consumed by what lies beyond the grave. It is at the resurrection that we will see the true fruit of what Christ has done in and through us. That day is coming and the works of our hands will all be judged.
So, let’s celebrate what God has done and then, forget about it. It’s time to embrace the new because a new season has overtaken us.