“Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:13-14
One of the main causes of traffic accidents is distracted driving, especially by people using cell phones to text or talk. Several years ago, while traveling on a major highway, we kept passing and then being passed by a car, driven by a man with a newspaper spread out on his steering wheel. It was scary to think what could happen because his attention was not on his driving. Recently, laws were passed in our country, raising the fines for distracted driving, hoping that people will pay attention and make our roads safer.
Just as it is important for drivers to keep their eyes on the road and not let anything distract them from their driving, it is also important that we as followers of Jesus Christ, keep our eyes on the goal, and not let anything keep us from completing our journey safely.
There are many things that can distract us from our journey: pride, self-will, self-pity, despair, looking at faults and failures of others, neglecting prayer and reading the Word of God. The enemy of our soul would like to remind us of our past and the times we have failed God. If we let this discourage us, we will find ourselves forgetting how much God loves us and how He has forgiven our past. We lose sight of the goal and before we know it, we have strayed from the path.
The prize – spending eternity in heaven with the Lord – is well worth striving for. We must keep our eyes on the road and not let anything distract us from reaching our goal.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, help us to keep our eyes on the road, to ever press onward towards our goal, letting nothing distract us from that.
Devotion by Anne Johnston