Philippians 3:13-14 (AMP)
13 [a]Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Unlike in the natural, maturity in Christ does not happen naturally, it has to be intentional. We come to Christ and we are born again, we are babies in the faith but we should not remain there. Jesus tells us that he is the vine and we are the branches. If we remain connected to Him then we will bear fruit and a part from Him we can do nothing! Remaining in Him does not happen naturally, we have to be deliberate about it.
One hindrance to maturing in Christ is not forgetting what lies behind. Instead of using the word of God and what it says about us as a point of reference, we want to use our past and we end up disqualifying ourselves from that which God wants to do in our lives.
Our point of reference should always be what the word of God says about us. Though I am still living in the same body and on the same earth, I am a new creation and I must start thinking that way. Though my situation may be speaking a different story from what Gods word says, I should not focus on my past so much that I fail to believe what Gods word says about who I am.
I love what Paul says, “forgetting what lies behind” this is coming from a man who had a religious past, a past filled with hatred for the Christian to such a degree that he would move from one city to another to persecute them. He says this is no longer his point of focus; instead he is making a choice to press on towards the goal to win the heavenly prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus! No matter how dark our past was, this is the same attitude we should have in our lives, pressing on towards the picture that the word of God has painted for us.
You and I cannot focus on our past and expect to be transformed, NO! We must focus on his word and Press on towards becoming transformed into his image!