The world may offer you lots of pieces of advice regarding moving on in life, but only the Bible presents real and impactful solutions.
For those who know Who Jesus is, pressing forward is not an issue. The future may not be totally unveiled, but Christians know where to place their hope. Knowing Jesus gives a Christian a bigger view of life, where they know that a situation they face is not lord over them but, rather, Christ is. This sets the destination, and arriving there is straightforward. This is because the Bible contains instructions, solutions, and revelations that are rooted in truth. God wants His children to be moving forward in life because He made them for progress. Isaiah 43:18 clearly reminds us to “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.” It is such a blessing to know this God because with Him we always discover His plans for us. Therefore, in the face of things not working out as they should, this never rules us because His joy becomes our strength.
The problem with allowing the past to control our lives is that it cripples us and makes us feel fearful and shameful in accomplishing our God-driven goals. Dwelling on the past becomes a god itself, while we were made to be consumed by one God to dwell in us and to move us forward. We are progressing creatures—never stagnant but always building, being fruitful, and multiplying.
Knowing the Ultimate Goal and Prize
As Christians, we have many goals in life. However, it is important that we know what our ultimate goal is. As the Bible states in Philippians 3:14, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (ESV). Like Paul, we should not only be aware of our goals in life but also the prize. We should grow forward and continue our Christian walk. Remember that the ultimate prize is Christ Himself, Who is before all things and in Whom all things hold together. Colossians 1:17 (ESV).
All Things are New
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.” As Christians, let us be aware that we have become new creatures after confessing Christ Jesus as our Lord, which means we have given our lives over to Him. New creatures have new desires. All things have become new, and this includes new interests, desires, aspirations, ambitions, dreams, and goals. We find new meaning in life, and material things don’t matter to us anymore. It is eternal things that we are after now. Moving forward is easier if we know that our goal is infinite life and eternal joy. This eternal perspective completely flips the way we move here on earth. The righteousness of Christ is now in us, and we have become more confident in approaching the future. In Job 17:9, the Bible said that the “Righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.”
Finishing the Race
Hebrews 12:1-2 is encouraging us to “run with endurance the race God has set before us.” We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion Who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is “seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne” (NLT). Remember that joy awaits those who have set their eyes on Jesus Christ. But how will we be able to experience such perpetual joy if we don’t run the race? Keep in mind that any race requires us to move forward. Those who fix their minds on the race and face forward will surely win the race.
Let us continue moving on in life. Let us place our trust in Jesus Christ, Who is “the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God,” (ESV). Even if you feel tired, weak, and weary, remember that Jesus is your strength, and He will help you endure everything. What is more amazing is that Jesus is not only the One Who is giving you strength and wisdom to continue the race, but He Himself is the prize that awaits you. This should make you feel determined and motivated! He is truly our treasure, isn’t He?