Through this six-session video Bible study (DVD/digital downloads sold separately
), bestselling author Dr. David Jeremiah reminds us that the Christian life is to be lived looking forward, and with our eyes fixed on the race before us, not looking back over our shoulder at the other runners or in the past. In the Bible, the apostle Paul said as much when he wrote, "Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:12-14 (NKJV).
Dr. Jeremiah draws on this key verse to reveal that while it is good at times to look back, we need to make sure we don't go back and allow the past to dictate our future. We need to celebrate our good memories, while also celebrating our bad memories with finality, thanking God for the lessons that He taught us through the experience and committing to use those lessons to make beneficial changes in our lives. We must allow our past memories to cultivate our dreams, boldly stepping into the mission God has for us and allowing Him to continually transform us to be more like Christ.
Now is the time to step out of our comfort and failure. Now is the time to move forward in following God.