In Philippians 3:12, Paul talks about pressing on in Jesus. Christ has already taken hold of Paul according to the last phrase in that verse and Paul was secure in God’s hands and in God’s love. This is why he couldn’t get 04 lots wifeenough of Jesus and always was pressing on to learn more and more about Him. As he learned more about Jesus he also pressed on “towards” Jesus. He wanted to be like Him. But since He didn’t know all that there was to know about Jesus, he knew he had a long way to go. In Philippians 3:13-14 he says, “I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead…”

On August 7, 1954, during the British Empire Games in Vancouver, Canada, the greatest mile-run matchup ever took place. It was touted as the “miracle mile” because Britain’s Roger Bannister and Australia’s John Landy were the only two sub-four-minute milers in the world. Bannister had been the first man ever to run a four-minute mile. Both runners were in peak condition. Bannister strategized that he would relax during the third lap and save everything for his finishing drive. But as they began that third lap, the Australian poured it on and passed Bannister. They both went all out but Bannister could not regain the lead from Landy. Then came the famous moment (replayed thousands of times in print and flickering black and white celluloid) as at the last stride before the home stretch the crowds roared. Landy could not hear Bannister’s footfall and looked back, a fatal lapse of concentration. Bannister launched his attack and won the Empire Games that day by five yards.

Both Landy and Lot’s wife know the dangers of looking back! Once Christ “takes hold of us” we then press on to take hold of Him. We want to know more about Him and become more like Him. We don’t look back! As any runner knows to look back can be extremely dangerous. He may lose his speed, his direction and even the race. So he keeps looking towards the finish line. It’s spiritually dangerous to look back also. Paul discarded his earthly achievements and considered them only rubbish. He won’t have anything more to do with them. He’s moving on. He wants more, not of worldly wealth, or status, or position, or power, but more of Jesus. So he presses on. We too must press on to learn more about Jesus in order to grow in our knowledge of Him which will increase our love for Him.