Brothers, 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.(Philippians 3:13-14)
We all have a past! We all have said and done things we regret. Even apologies may not have made things right. But as Paul says here, we have to move on. We cannot dwell on the things we have done or the things people think about us. We have to move on and know what God thinks about us and what he has planned. He is not done yet!
God is at work in every believer and many times it is our own past that keeps us from believing God and His plans for our future. We have a hard time letting go. Our memories haunt us. People from our past remind us of what we used to be and what we used to do. "Know way God can use me" we think.
Yet if David could say:
as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us,(Psalm 103:12)then we too can have the confidence to press on in this life and heavenward.
We may not experience the pleasures in this life from our labor. Knowing we are working for the Lord and His purposes may have to be enough. However, in light of those heavenly rewards, we keep moving forward and not looking back. We are not seeking the praise of people. We are not trying to convince them that we have changed. Our actions will reveal that! We work to honor the Lord and let the rest be up to Him!
He's not done yet!