Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what it ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
I was driving through the hot Texas summer, lost in my own thoughts, the music on the radio just background noise to the turmoil in my head.
“Hello, my name is regret. I’m pretty sure we have met. …” The words shot out of my dashboard and pierced my heart. Suddenly, the radio had my full attention. Yes, I’ve met you, Regret. Indeed.
“Hello, my name is defeat. I know you’ll recognize me.” Defeat, I do recognize you. Quite well. Who was this guy singing my song? I found out later it was Matthew West, an artist I had never heard of. And he had more to say:
“These are the voices. These are the lies. And I have believed them, for the very last time.
“Hello, my name is child of the one true King. I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, and I have been set free. Amazing Grace is the song I sing. Hello, my name is child of the one true King.”
My little errand run became a worship session. Because of Jesus’ amazing grace, everything in the past had no bearing on my identity: Child of the One True King. And it is that truth that frees me to focus on the goal of the prize promised by Gods heavenly call in Christ Jesus.
Did you get that? Our goal is a promised prize. We are winners. God promised it. So I can forget my regrets and my defeat and run toward that goal, knowing that my success is promised.
My past will not trip me up in this race. It’s a long race. A hard one. It makes my legs burn and sweat poor down my back. But I will not give up. My eyes are on that distant goal. I am a prize winner.
Amazing Grace indeed.