Every race has a prize. Knowing the prize determines the value and effort we put in. Life is not so much about striving to acquire material possessions for personal satisfaction. It is perhaps the longest relay race. This relay is not a relay between individuals. Undermining individual participation however, would be missing the bigger picture because individuals collectively make a generation.
Therefore if life is a relay then the baton is passed from one generation to the next. A generational baton requires a generational effort. A generational effort requires a super-vision. Generational super-vision requires supernatural eyes. Supernatural eyes come from a supernatural Being.
For this reason, life is not merely about self but it takes others into consideration. Living beyond our immediate comfort in order to lay foundations for a future generation requires godlike character and divine intervention. We don’t live only for now, but we live for the future – for a generation we may never meet. The confidence in a joint partnership with God is the knowing that we may be present now but God is present now and also in the future.
The prize of the race is upward. Anything acquired here on earth after we feel content enough with our achievement is not the prize. If truly we are in joint partnership and His aim becomes our aim, then His prize becomes ours. And so for His name sake,
“one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
The things which are behind must be forgotten in order to press on for the prize ahead. Forgetfulness is not always favourable but there is a wise forgetfulness which strengthens concentration.
It is not okay to forget love, mercy, kindness or thankfulness but it is okay to forget past failures in order to press on and move forward.
Forget failure and remember the prize; remember the prize and press on.
A generation that sees Christ has a certainty that whatever the prize is, it rests in an absolute boundless future.