This is the reality. Tomorrow is not guaranteed for you (Luke 12:16-21). Compared to the vastness of eternity, life is short.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 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 towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
What are you straining toward? So many of us are so keen to be happy and comfortable in this life that we forget about eternity. Paul said he strained toward the finish line, the day he’d stand before Jesus, face to face and account for his life.
We often live our lives from our past: our past defines our identity and shapes the way we respond to situations. However our hope is essentially future-focused (see: God wants you to live backwards). While learning from the past, we need to be essentially looking forwards, not backwards.
Only one life, ‘twill soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
May we be able to join Paul in saying “I press on.” May our vision not be so filled with things that can seem so important but vanish so quickly, but more with Jesus (Hebrews 12:1-2), with all that will last.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.