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 on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained. Philippians 3:13-16, ESV
It’s hard to erase how you made people feel in the past whether its good or bad, but mostly it’s the bad memories that old peers identify you with. This shouldn’t worry you because they’re not really friends, but if this still bothers you at all, then something in you needs to change.
We can choose to live by the label people perceive us to be or forget what they say and put on a new identity that is a Christ-like self.
Easier said than done. Admittedly, I also have a problem with old peers in school from grade school to college who have hurt me in some way, and I would associate them as “bully” or “mean” when I was a child, which is a sign of immaturity that I carried by default every time I see the person. Similar to this situation, I believe most Christians have a difficult time putting on Christ because they are preoccupied with the ugly past whether consciously or unconsciously. I wouldn’t blame it on ourselves though, because it is only by the grace of God that we surrender these hurt daily to God until we arrive at a point of maturity which I would say could only be achieved once we are with Christ, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore our calling to be like Christ every single day. Yup, this is our calling. We were created in the image and likeness of God, but sin separated us temporarily from God, yet God made a way for us to go back to him, and He did that by showing us perfect love — sending His only son, Jesus to serve us by wiping out our sin once and for all through the shedding of his blood. What great love!
Most Christians desire Him more, most pray for hunger for His purpose and a teachable spirit, but we cannot obtain this unless we decide to do what’s right in His eyes every single day, and this pattern is something that develops our maturity as Christians.
Forgetting What Lies Behind
Are you ready to let go of the past? Are you willing to give up all you have for Jesus? Really?
Straining Forward to What Lies Ahead
Are you ready to commit to the Lord all your work?
Proverbs 16:3 says, “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.”
Press On Toward the Goal
Will you continue to run with endurance with Jesus in all kinds of temptation, failure, misunderstanding, disappointments, pain, grief, happiness & abundance that you will face in life?
Will you hold on to the new truth?
2 Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
Continue the race for the eternal prize, a new life with Jesus with zero suffering and full of love and abundance of his glorious riches.