Philippians 3:12-14 “Not that I have already obtained all this… I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it, but one thing I do, forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead…”

In life there is a tendency of us feeling yes I have done it when we succeed. This was the writing of Apostle Paul to the Philippians. In other words, Paul was saying yes; I have worked hard, I have prayed, I have preached, I have won many to the kingdom of heaven. But I am not yet there. Paul was giving an indication that though I have seen all the miracles, the break throughs, the victories, etc. Yet I still have room for improvement.

Beloved there are always two areas that pull us. The past and The future. Most times our past victories or successes or even failures tend to take our attention. But Paul was saying: What I do is to forget the past

  • If I had great success, I don’t want to dwell on it, it is not the final thing. I can still do better
  • If I had some failures, I don’t want to settle there and pity myself. I forget all of them and focus ahead to do better

  • “Failure is an opportunity to begin stronger and wiser” Some people get taken up by the past and they fail to concentrate on the future, But Paul said I forget the past.

    In some cases people get so anxious about the future and fail to even concentrate on moving one step at a time. Others settle on remembering the past miracles, victories, good old days and forget to focus on better things ahead. Paul was saying; I am not yet settled, I am still straining forward. Beloved, let us not settle, let us strain forward in Jesus name. No matter what the success was or the miracle, you must have room for improvement. Genuine Christians admit their imperfections Just like Paul was doing They know that they don’t have it all in all

    Just consider Paul;
  • Began unmatched churches
  • Had a personal experience of Christ
  • Worked great miracles
  • Also
  • Suffered ship wreck Acts 27:
  • They questioned his apostleship because he was not one of the twelve and didn’t take offering
  • Encountered sorcerers
  • Was stoned Acts 14:19
  • No matter what he saw or what he suffered, he still had room for improvement Beloved, it doesn’t matter how far you have moved or We have moved as a church or the achievements we have seen We must have room for improvement Don’t settle to enjoy the past experience or success There is still need for improvement my friend If we can recognize that, then the future ahead shall be better than where we are in the name of Jesus

    The people who are able to admit their weaknesses, mistakes or the things they cannot do are; Teachable, Advisable, etc. Others don’t want to admit, And they can do better in life. That means they still have room for improvement. Not those who pretend to know it all. Let us be a church that will be ready to improve, A people that are willing to be taught something new.
    Today in churches If you call ministers’ meeting or overnight, the ministers, deacons, elders, ushers, partners, etc. to come, If you call all believers’ overnight some of the above don’t come (If you ask; those who don’t come have they become ministers and left being believers?)

    No matter how far or high the Lord raises us; we must have room for improvement.Those who have room for improvement avoid complacency. (Paul said I Strain forward). Beloved;
  • Are you above clapping hands?
  • Are you above lifting hands
  • Or even praising and worshipping like some preachers do?
  • They come at the end of worship.Remember you can intercede for someone, pray for them but you cannot worship for them None of us has finished yet as long as long as we are still in this Christian race.
    So don’t be full in;
  • Forgiveness
  • Love
  • Attitude
  • Prayer
  • Worship
  • Leave room for improvement in every area of your life (Don’t measure yourself/ elevate by comparing with others. Measure or evaluate by looking at how much of your objectives you have accomplished. Even us as a church we should do that). In all things we need to have room for improvement. Just like a car with a full tank today, After use it runs low of fuel and needs refilling again. We definitely also need to refill after serving God’s people. So beloved, Leave room for improvement

    May the Lord Bless you and keep you safe.

    Pastor Robinson Okello
    Team Leader TCM