"Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus" Philippians 3:12-14
Every year at this time many preachers use this portion of Scripture to usher in the new year. Forgetting those things which are behind however, does not mean we are to use our spiritual delete button and begin the new year as though the previous year never happened especially if 2012 was a "bummer" leaving us dry and wanting. I believe what the apostle Paul is conveying here is that whatever heights you may have attained don't settle for. He never ever let down his armor. He never thought that he reached the pinnacle of God's grace. In other words, in his mind, he never thought that he reached the place of having arrived. So if you want to forget those things last year go ahead and do so, just follow the example of Paul. "Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you." Philippians 4:9
What about this idea of reaching forth unto those things which are before? Have you made any New Years resolutions? Do you believe it matters? Personally, I have mixed emotions. To say: " I resolve to quit my temper tantrums or I resolve to walk closer with my Lord Jesus".... isn't it true ( now be honest) that most people start the year with the greatest of intentions just to fall flat on their faces before January ends? Why is that? Could it be that they are only contemplating these short comings based on what people do at the end of each year instead of dealing with them whenever the need arises?
Don't get me wrong..am I advocating that to set goals whether personally or for the benefit of others is a waste of time? Not at all! I'm just saying that, in and of itself, resolution making, goal setting, whatever you want to call it, is not a means to an end
( something that you do because it will help you to achieve something else) Quite frankly, we are to have this mindset of pressing towards the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus each and every day!
For me, I don't place much emphasis on the world's idea of making New Years resolutions
. It's reminds me when I was a Catholic observing lent.....just another ritual I would go through because it was the time of the year to do so
. Every day I wake up is a gift from God for me to be my best for His honor and glory not just because the calendar suggests I should do something about it.