“Farewell, 2013”

As I come to the end of another year I am reminded of what Paul wrote to the church at Philippi:

Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14)

Now this verse does not mean we should never look back for John wrote to the Ephesian church to “remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent, and do the works you did at first,” (Rev. 2:5) and Paul told that same church to remember how it was when they were “alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.” But, Paul’s statement does tell us to let neither the victories nor failures of our past keep us from “pressing on to know the Lord.” We cannot change the past, but by God’s grace, we can trust Him today to finish the work that He has started in each of us.

So, on this last day of 2013, I would encourage you to stop looking over your shoulder at what “might have been” and instead “by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” and to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Rom. 12)

May the Lord bless each and every one of you with a fruitful and Christ-centered New Year!

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