12Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 3:12-14
Have you ever been frustrated that things don’t seem to be going the right way? Maybe you try to tell yourself you are better than what you have been doing but you still don’t feel good enough. Maybe it is that nagging feeling that you have to be “perfect” to meet up with God’s standard (you know because we are to be “perfect as He is perfect”). That is a problem that many of us face when we don’t manage to keep the whole council of Scripture or maybe we just don’t know it well enough.
Paul readily acknowledged that he wasn’t “perfect” yet, but that doesn’t mean that he didn’t expect that to ever be the case. He knew that one day (not in this life by the way), he would be made perfect, just like our Savior. In the meantime, he learned to “get over” the imperfect by constantly putting it behind him. Don’t dwell on your failures or imperfections. They are a natural result of living here in the midst of sin and temptation, but don’t try to excuse them either. Rather, we should confess them to our Father (1 John 1:9) and then forget them and press on ahead one more time. Keep your eyes on Jesus and follow Him.