Objects in Mirror
June 1, 2019
Objects in Mirror
Read: Philippians 3:7-14
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward
in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 3:14
“Must. Go. Faster.” That’s what Dr. Ian Malcolm, played by Jeff Goldblum, says in an
iconic scene from the 1993 movie Jurassic Park as he and two other characters flee
in a Jeep from a rampaging tyrannosaurus. When the driver looks in the rearview
mirror, he sees the raging reptile’s jaw—right above the words: “OBJECTS IN MIRROR
MAY BE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR.”
The scene is a masterful combination of intensity and grim humor. But sometimes the
“monsters” from our past feel like they’ll never stop pursuing us. We look in the
“mirror” of our lives and see mistakes looming right there, threatening to consume
us with guilt or shame.
The apostle Paul understood the past’s potentially paralyzing power. He’d spent
years trying to live perfectly apart from Christ, and even persecuted Christians
(Philippians 3:1-9). Regret over his past could easily have crippled him.
But Paul found such beauty and power in his relationship with Christ that he was
compelled to let go of his old life (vv. 8-9). That freed him to look forward in
faith instead of backward in fear or regret: “One thing I do: Forgetting what is
behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal” (vv. 13-14).
Our redemption in Christ has freed us to live for Him. We don’t have to let those
“objects in (our) mirror” dictate our direction as we continue forward. —Adam Holz
The Bible In One Year: 2 Chronicles 15-16 & John 12:27-50
In Philippians 3:13, Paul says he’s committed to doing “one thing.” Ironically, he
then goes on to list three things and each one of them has significance. First, he
wants to “[forget] what is behind.” This may refer to the things that constituted
his past “confidence in the flesh” (vv. 4-6), derived from living out Judaism in its
full force. Second, Paul wants to reach to what’s ahead. While he doesn’t explain
himself, this statement would make a nice parallel to Philippians 1:21, where Paul
says that to live is Christ but to die is gain. Finally, he’s committed to pressing
on toward the goal for the “prize” (3:14)—an analogy to the award received by the
winner in the Greek athletic games. Taken together, Paul’s ultimate goal is to
accomplish all that he’s been called to in Christ. Bill Crowder
Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want!!!
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