Over 2,000 years ago, a young Greek artist studied under a respected tutor. After several years, the teacher’s efforts seemed to have paid off when the student painted a wonderful work of art. Unfortunately, he became so enraptured with the painting that he spent days gazing at it. One morning when he arrived to admire his work, he was shocked to find it blotted out with paint. Angry, the student ran to his teacher, who admitted he had destroyed the painting. “I did it for your own good. That painting was slowing your progress. Start again and see if you can do better.” He took his teacher’s advice and produced one of the finest paintings of antiquity. Yet he never would’ve painted such a masterpiece had he remained too easily satisfied with what he’d done up to that point.
As Paul said, “I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet, but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14) Let us not be so satisfied with where we are that we forget where we need to be going. Look ahead to what Christ has brought to our world, and His plan for your life. One may gain much in wealth, position, and honor and still miss out on the greatest blessings of all. Christ calls you to come!
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