13 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,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.
Pressing is the position that the perfect (mature) believer takes to progressively move toward all of what God has for him or her both in this time and in the time to come. For contemplation and meditation of things of old (both good and bad) results only in stagnation and inactivity in the present unless it translates into present activity. Even in this, the mature believer quickly forgets both his or her shortcomings and successes because he or she is reaching towards an even higher calling in his or efforts to fulfill their God-given purpose. For to fulfill the will of God is one whereby the believer proceeds from “glory to glory” yet often accompanied by trials, valleys and the need to press in between.
[Therefore, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.] KJV 2 Peter 1:10
[And remember not the former things, neither consider the things of old. For behold, the Lord will do a new thing.] KJV Isaiah 43:18-19
Brian Johnson, Ph.D.