Building upon the 2019 theme of “Take Care How You Build”, our theme for the year 2020 is based on Philippians 3:13-14 and is about, “Letting go of the past and striving for the future”. The Bible teaches us that, “… if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17).
As His new creation, the church deals with the new not the old. Jesus, the author, sustainer and perfecter of the church, is more interested in our present and our future than He is in our past. Therefore, we must let go of the past in order for us to see Him doing new things now and tomorrow.
“… But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize …” [Philippians 3:13-14, NIV]
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! …” [Isaiah 43:18-19, TNIV]
Our past has its fair share of foolish actions, regrettable decisions, painful experiences, hurtful memories of shame and guilt and other things. Instead of letting these hold us captive, we must stop having pity parties, rehearsing and regretting the past in order to focus on the present and the future!
We also have in our past, blessings and achievements, which give us a reputation of being alive when we may be otherwise. If this is the case, we need to strengthen what remains to give us current testimonies (Rev. 3:1-2). As individual believers and corporately as a congregation we pray that God will help us:
- Let go of our hurtful past (Philippians 3:13)
- Let go of our boast in past blessings and achievements (Philippians 3:13)
- Strive to press on towards Christlikeness (Philippians 3:14)
- Strive to follow Christ together (Philippians 3:15-19)
- Strive to live by a heavenly calling (Philippians 3:20-21)
- Stand firm in the Lord (Philippians 4:1)
As we pray and work to “LET GO OF THE PAST AND STRIVE FOR THE FUTURE”, let us remember that it will be a process involving hard decisions and had hard work. The process will involve:
- CONFESSION. We need to honestly take responsibility and confess our failure to God and to one another.
- INVENTORY. Just as Paul did, we all need to honestly evaluate our life and demolish all the idols we trust (Phil. 3:5-9).
- RIGHT FOCUS. The best thing to focus on is God’s Word. “Meditating on God’s Word.” (Psalm 1:2,3).
- FAITH. We have got to trust God to help us (Zech. 4:6)
“When we ask for something and expect to get nothing, we get exactly what we expected, NOTHING! “