Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Jesus Christ.
– Philippians 3:13-14 (Holman Christian Standard)
There is something magical about the beginning of a new season of Major League baseball. Stadiums are packed with enthusiastic fans. Memories of days gone by are relived as former greats prepare to throw out the first pitch. Disappointments of the previous season have been replaced with the endless possibilities of what the new season may bring. New beginnings and a fresh start! The umpire yells, “Play ball”, and optimism abounds as a new lineup of players takes the field filled with hope and promise. Winter is over, spring is here! We don’t know exactly where we’re going, but we are excited for the journey to begin. Playoffs and championships are the focus of every player and fan.
Every day in the life of a Christ-follower should be a little like Opening Day. We never quite arrive, yet we get up each day with a single purpose—“the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” With our focus on Jesus, we forget yesterday’s failures and strive for the things that the new day brings. We dwell in the hope, privileges and responsibilities that come with the Christian life and the endless opportunities we have to worship and serve Him. Like a runner in a race, it takes tremendous effort, but the prize is worth striving for. Each new day with Christ brings endless possibilities. We may not know exactly where we are going, but we should be excited about the journey. Stay focused, keep your eyes on the prize—Jesus Christ!
Father, I am excited about today, because You are my focus. Teach me to put my yesterdays behind me and to keep my eyes on the only prize worth pursuing—You upward call in Christ Jesus. Amen.