“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead… Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things.…” (Philip 3:13, 15)
I want to describe to you spiritual maturity. Apostle Paul says that there are two steps to it: forgetting the past and forwarding towards the future! It sounds simple but in practice it is hard. It takes many prayers, tears and pains along the way to achieve maturity, to become spiritually fruitful. But the earlier you do these, the easier your life will become.
To forget it means to be unable to think about something in my past. It means to fail to remember something that has hunted me. It means to stop caring about something or someone because God wants me to let go. It means to disappoint my (overloaded) memory. I need to learn to forgive myself. Then I need to let go of that pain. I should not be proud of my ‘great memory’! Only a proud or greedy person will refuse to forget something sinful from the past. Once I forget my mistakes, my mind becomes simpler. I enter the land of peace. I can now rest my soul.
The second step is to move forward. The word means to remove the obstacles on my way and to make progress, to advance or to be promoted. Each time you are able to let go of something negative from your past, it is like a chain has been removed from your ankles and you receive the push to move on. These two things are connected. Spiritually mature people are quick in forgetting and quick in forwarding. That is why they run fast like a race car. This is the ideal Christianity. This is your destiny!
May you receive these words! May you obey these words! For the glory for God and for your good! In Jesus name, amen!