Minister’s Forum: Seeing the finish line
We have all been in a race, whether it was running, driving, or a race against time and circumstances. It could be a time deadline for work or a deadline for a school project or something around the house that needs to be done before winter.
One thing that I have found helpful, is keeping your eyes on the finish line, or the end of the project, or whatever we may be working on.
Sometimes we can’t see what’s ahead, and we become consumed by what is happening at the moment. This can really distract us from finishing the course.
When you first start college, it’s difficult to see your graduation four or five years down the road; but we must move forward one class, one day, one semester at a time.
The Apostle Paul shed some interesting thoughts on this subject in the New Testament Book of Philippians 3:12.
“Not that I have already attained or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 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.”
Whatever experiences we have been through, there is always the road up ahead, the next turn, etc. I believe God wants us to move ahead, not just rest in what we may have already done.
We all have other challenges to face, and the opportunities that God gives us allows us to take advantage of these challenges and press on.
In Paul’s life, there were huge victories and what may have seemed failures, but rather than just think of the past, he continued to press on eventually to see Jesus fact-to-face.
As Christians, that should also be our goal.
— Jerry Foster is pastor at Calvary Chapel.