September 12th, '18
All rights reserved © message by Kris Jackson
forward unto those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the
prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:13,14 NKJV)
Three interesting prepositions stand out in the
New King James Version of this important verse of scripture. Everyone needs to
memorize this one. Paul says we are to move "forward", that is a generalization
in direction. It implies turning one's back on every hindrance of the past.
Forward makes no provision for maybe or what if? It plows ahead. Next, he uses
the word "toward" which targets a specific goal. Eyes must turn from history to
destiny. Where we came from makes no difference. The past is the past. Past
days can't be relived. Past money can't be re-spent. Past opportunities can't
be re-acted upon. Today is all we have so it must be focused "toward". The
third preposition is "upward" which assumes motivation to a higher place than
where we are.
Forward, no one can move that direction while cursing,
nursing and rehearsing the bygone. Paul said, "Forgetting those things which
are behind..." Those things are only "things". Things can be dispensed with. What
lies ahead is spiritual, eternal. Yesterday is supposed to be a rudder that
guides us into the future not an anchor that slows our momentum. Repent of the
mistakes. Click delete to the criticisms. Clear out the negative memories like
cleaning out an attic for a rummage sale. You don't live back there anymore so
why dress, talk, act and dream as though you do?
Toward, there has to be an aim in life. Paul's was a
prioritized mission, "This one thing..." It was a personalized mission, "This one
thing I do..." It was a pressurized mission, "I press toward..." And it was a
pictured mission, "toward the prize..." He visualized in his mind where his life
was headed. In Paul's case the "toward" ended in heaven. But the focus works
also in every other commitment in life. If you want a happy marriage, a
successful business, a sharper self-image or whatever you will never hit the
bull's-eye unless one has been circled and marked, preferably in red.
Upward, ah, there is a word with a tug. We shouldn't
stay on the same plain on which we were born. "If by any means I might attain
unto the resurrection of the dead" (vs 11). Eagles fly upward. "Yet man is born
unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward" (Job 5:7). If Job spoke those words as
a negative I sure do not take them that way. Trouble causes some people to
mount higher. One gets bitter, another gets better. Sparks fly upward because
of the passion that burns inside the ember. Forward gets us headed in
the right general direction, toward pinpoints our aim to a definite
mark, but upward launches us like rockets into stratospheres we have not
formerly known. Some never reach the stratosphere because they have stratus-fear,
but that's another sermon for another day. Just know that you were made to soar
in life. "They that wait upon the Lord shall mount up with wings as eagles".
The chin is to be tilted upward. The climb to success is always upward. Any old
fish can swim downstream but it takes a mighty salmon to fight the current and
swim upward. There is one more verse I want you to savor as you go about this
new day - "Consider now from this day and upward..." (Haggai 2:18) Notice, this
day "and upward". In other words, every day from here on is upward. We're movin'
on up! Forward, toward, upward...God-ward!