Today's devotion is based on Philippians 3:13, 14 "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."
Paul, the writer of the verse we are looking at today, persecuted Christians even to the point of death. He thought it was God's will to destroy Christianity. But then God called him not only to believe in Jesus but to be the lead missionary to bring the good news about Jesus to the ends of the earth.
Paul would not let his shame and guilt from the past stop him from doing the ministry in the present. Jesus had overcome his past through his death and resurrection. God wanted him to run the race God had set out for him.
If you are suffering from guilt, God has forgiven your past. Now he wants you to focus on what's ahead. Keep taking hold of the love and acceptance you have in Christ, and live out the calling that God has given you.
Please pray with me, Lord God, please help me remember that you have forgiven my past. Lead me to keep my eyes fixed on following you in the future and the heavenly home you are preparing for me. Amen.