Paul was right when he said that it takes maturity to have the proper perspective on the past and correct vision for the future. Let’s look at the context of Paul’s statement.
“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 toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you” (Philippians 3:13–15).
At the beginning of Chapter 3, Paul recounted his past and called everything he accomplished as “rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ” (3:8). In that phrase, we see how Paul looked at the past and what consumed his vision for the future. It was spiritually accurate to consider all his accomplishments as “rubbish” because they had no value in comparison to what he was gaining by making Christ his only pursuit.
This is a challenge for every Christian. The world we live in keeps preaching to us that we must achieve human goals and aspirations in order to be successful. God says through Jeremiah, “let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord” (Jeremiah 9:24). This is what maturity will do if we allow it to work. We will think the same way Paul did if we are mature; placing proper labels on what does not matter and high value on what is eternal and glorifies God.
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