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In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, he tells us he is leaving his past behind and looking forward to further growth and service to the Lord Jesus Christ.
As Christian women, we also need to reflect upon our lives. Have we become too comfortable in our “apprehended” state? Do we feel that we have “arrived” merely because our age or years of service to the Lord? Is our Christian life where it should be?
Someone has well said: “Today is the tomorrow you worried about yesterday!” Are we choosing to allow our past to handicap our future? We run the race to bring glory to our Lord, Who, through our faith in Him, forgave our sins and gave us this assurance.
One day, perhaps soon, we shall have to give an account of how we lived our lives (how we ran the race). 1 John 2:28 tells us, “And now, little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.”
Sisters-in-the-Lord, we are citizens of heaven living down here on earth. And the “prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” is returning home (to heaven) with an honorable discharge. “Welcome home, thou good and faithful servant!”
Almighty God and Father, grant us this day the strength and courage to remain faithful to You and Your commandments. Whatever our circumstances, whatever our past, walk with us into our future, because without You, we shall lose our way. Enable us to keep the faith, run the race, and enter into Your glorious presence with tears of great joy and love for Your loving-kindness towards us.
In Jesus’ name…Amen