While jogging this morning, I was singing Tye Tribbett’s “Chasing after you” and reflecting on what I am really chasing after. What is my end goal? What is my true objective and intent? What is the true intent behind everything I am doing?
When I returned, I opened my ‘Compass’ to St Paul’s writings in the third chapter of the book of Philippians and it expresses my true objective.
I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord and of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him [of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him more fully and clearly]. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ (the Anointed One) … I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward.
For me, the goal is to win Christ, to win the “supreme and heavenly prize”. That is what I want it to be about. That goal ensures a willingness to comply with the commands of Christ in everything. That goal enables one to weather all kinds of storms. It is not an earthly goal but a heavenly. It is not a material prize but a spiritual prize. It is a goal that strengthens us. It is a goal in the pursuit of which I cannot be weary.
Everything I do here now needs to serve that goal. It is the true objective. Everything else is sustained only if it leads to the “supreme and heavenly prize.” And we can pursue that goal with “joy unspeakable, full of glory”, not wearing long faces. It is a very serious matter but it is a laughing, joyful, fun, even rapturous matter too.
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