The Requirement to Go Forward

Something is always required of us that we may go forward. When we are traveling on a toll road or in a bus, a fee is required of us either upon entering or leaving. We accept this obligation in order to take the step. On a stairway or stepladder we must let go of the steps behind us in order to go forward.

Christ Jesus warned, "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." Luke 9:62; Paul followed closely the essence of the Master's teaching and had a clear sense of the need to go forward. He saw the need to be a doer, not just a dreamer or a wisher or a regretter. His own human experience had embraced mistakes. He had been a persecutor of the Christians. The correction of that mistake had been dearly bought. With self-immolation and devotion Paul went forward to establish the Christian Church.

We can profitably consider today Paul's message to the Philippians: "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: 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." Phil. 3:13, 14;

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The Power of Scientific Thought
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