28th January 2014

Tempus Fugits! 

“…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 (KJV)

So time rolls on into another calendar year, almost more like evaporating than feeling like glue the longer we live. 

This month of January takes its name from the Roman god Janus, the god of doors and gates, and with a staff and a key in his hands according to the image on some Roman coins. Janus was said to be the son of Apollo the Sun god, and was believed to have presided over the beginning and ending of conflicts. Interestingly he is also depicted with two heads – one facing the old year and the other looking into the new. 

Isn’t it amazing what we have taken into our culture, sometimes without realising? The Apostle Paul said that he too was minded of both the past and the future in Philippians 3:13-14 quoted above, when he said his intent was on forgetting the things that were behind and reaching forth to those things which ‘are before’. Of course in Paul’s case he wasn’t talking about ignoring the good things of the past, but about forgetting the guilt of persecuting and causing Christians to be put to death, whilst never forgetting the lesson of Emmaus, where Jesus pointed to all the things in the Old Testament that spoke of Him. 

Paul positively looked forward to the certainly of what lay ahead for him, stressing the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. We can learn from that at this time of year. We too are forgiven our past and, with Paul, can look Jesus Christ straight in the eye with all the love that our Saviour has given us for our life’s walk into this new year. 

Prayer
Thank you, Heavenly Father, for our New Life. Thank you that there is now no condemnation awaiting us from our past as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.
Amen 

Study by Tony Goudie

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tonygoudieAbout the Author:
Tony Goudie is the Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed church
High Street
Great Baddow
CHELMSFORD
CM2 7HH

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone:  01508-498165
Email:  tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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