To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2016 Issue – Straight from the Heart, ‘I have you in my heart … all of you share God’s grace with me’ Philippians 1:7
The text set for today’s reading and meditation (I’ve added verse 14):
Philippians 3:13-14 (NIVUK): ”Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Selwyn continues to examine these verses and unpack the treasures to be found in them, he writes: “We should perhaps not put too heavy an interpretation on Paul’s statement, ‘Forgetting what is behind.’ It’s certainly true that we need not linger on regrets or memories or failures or limited education or hindrances of life to stop us pressing forward with Jesus.
The likely point at issue here is Paul’s refusal to rest on past successes in his determination to press on towards the goal. He wants to do this without distractions. Whatever else you do, don’t look back.”
In Luke 9:62, we read: Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” We follow Jesus along a narrow path, therefore we need to keep our eyes on Him at all times. If, we look back, for any length of time, we risk losing sight of the way we need to go, to follow Him.
Any comments on today’s study?