Pursuit of God
He had said that he aimed and eagerly aspired at the resurrection of the dead through fellowship in the Cross of Christ. He adds, that he has not as yet arrived at this. At what? At the attainment of having entire fellowship in Christ’s sufferings, having a full taste of the power of his resurrection, and knowing him perfectly. He teaches, therefore, by his own example, that we ought to make progress, and that the knowledge of Christ is an attainment of such difficulty, that even those who apply themselves exclusively to it, do nevertheless not attain perfection in it so long as they live.
-John Calvin (1509-1564)
One of the hardest things for many believers is to forget the past. Whether we are ensnared in the faults of others or our own shortcomings, we find ourselves in bondage. Paul said that we should not give the enemy a foothold (Ephesians 4:27). The Greek in this verse indicates a foothold is a stronghold, an inhabited place, a place of power.
Allowing the failures and rejections of the past not only torments you, keeps you in bondage, but creates a fortified dwelling in your mind for the enemy to wreak havoc on your life. Simply put, a stronghold is the result of the past taking territory today, and devastating your future.
God has an incredible calling on your life. Pressing toward the goal requires first that we forgive and forget what lies behind. Sometimes those things that become strongholds are even good things—successes that ensnare us in pride. Let them all go. Paul considered even His successes as loss compared to Christ (Philippians 3:8).
Our focus must be single: “but one thing I do”. We cannot become distracted by too many affections, but have singleness of heart and mind. Forget what lies behind and press toward the goal. Our heavenly goal is obtaining Christ. Our call is a heavenly call to enjoy Him for eternity. Today is the day of reconciliation. Let go of the past and step into your future. Do not allow your past to rob you of your future any longer. You are no longer defined by your past, and who you are today is not who you are becoming tomorrow. God is transforming your life.