I am reading a great book right now by my favorite author, Elizabeth George. The book is entitled, Loving God With All Your Mind. I read a verse this morning that I have read numerous times before, but this morning, I saw it in a new light.
Forgetting what lies behind, and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize, the upward call of God in Christ Jesus-Phillipians 3:13
God made me realize this morning that I have been living in alot of the past of my Christian walk, wishing that my walk with Him could be like it was when I first got saved. I spent so much time back then absorbing myself in the Word, listening to my favorite evangelists on tv, watching things that gave glory to the Father. I was a strong Christian in my early months of salvation.
The thing I have noticed lately, is that if we are not careful, the longer we live in the world as Christians, and don't press towards the call of God, the more numb we become to things of this world. My eyes were opened to that this morning as I realize that I don't pray like I used to, I don't read like I used to, I find myself watching things that I would not have watched a year ago.
As Christians, we cannot live in the past, even in the past of our Christian lives. The only thing that God wants us to remember from our past, is His deliverance when we called upon Him in our times of troubles. Each day in our walk with Christ, should bring a new and exciting day with Him. Pressing on towards the goal is what God wants us to do daily, not dwelling on the shoulda, coulda, wouldas.
I want more than anything to be on fire for God....to stay on fire for Him. I don't want to live a water downed life and be ashamed of my actions. I want to live like I am proud to serve Christ! That is what we are pressing towards!
So today, I issue you a challenge. Let's not live in the past. Make each day special for Jesus. Let Him know that you are proud to stand and serve Him in this battle we face!!