Philippians 3:13-1413 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,14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
That was the message of Paul to the Philippians. Paul used to be part of Sanhedrin-The Great Sanhedrin dealt with religious and ritualistic Temple matters, criminal matters appertaining to the secular court, proceedings in connection with the discovery of a corpse, trials of adulterous wives, tithes, preparation of Torah Scrolls for the king and the Temple, drawing up the calendar and the solving of difficulties relating to ritual law.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/…daism/Sanhedrin
They were the persecutor of the followers of Christ, until Christ used him for his purpose. When he followed Jesus, he said that he may not have all that he desires, however, this did not take hold of him to do what was he set out to do for the sake of Christ. Paul in following Christ had gone through a lot of sufferings and persecution from his own country. However, was so determined to still pursue those plans even to have the same sufferings as Jesus Christ, so he can also partake in His resurrection-the ultimate prize.
Tayo din sa ating mga sarili ay nagpaplano, but we do not tend to focus on what is ahead. We tend to be anxious on what lies ahead, specially if we failed in the past. Sabi nga ni Paul, forget about the past and strain towards what is ahead. The past should be a training ground for what we are looking forward to, but should not dwell on it. There is always a bright tomorrow. Above all, He wants us to seek Him and His will for our lives and careers, and to work wholeheartedly as He leads us (see 2 Chronicles 31:21).
The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living. – Dr. Ed Delph
We all pray for our desires. This time, why not let God intervenes in your wishes. His wish for you might be the best to come. So, our prayer should be, “Your will be done”.
Have a blessed 2017!