Is the mission moving? Is the mission making real progress in the saving of souls? Does the mission merely have the illusion of movement - the foot-soldiers of God on a treadmill - we're all tired but haven't gained any ground?
What is hindering us in seeking the salvation of the Lost?
We keep remembering.
When we quote the apostle Paul,
Forgetting all that's behind and straining toward what is ahead...
we are often speaking of forgetting all that's negative or disappointing in life and moving forward into victory.
But what if he means we are to forget the good, too?
So many mighty movements of God get stuck at the last great breakthrough. No doubt that the last season of growth, renewal, and revival was likely wonderful - so wonderful that all the energies that follow it are aimed at recreating it in its exact form once again and over and over again. But isn't that still moving backward?
Behold. God does new things.
Perhaps our hindrances to mission aren't caused by holding on to what is sinful or damaging.
Perhaps they are caused by holding on to what was once good in a sinful and damaging way.
But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith. I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:7-14
What did Paul consider loss for the sake of Christ? All things.
Even what was considered GAIN.
Look at your hands - what are they gripping? Drop the good. Press on for the new. Receive the best.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to reveal in fullness - and then forward to the fight!