More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.
Paul was against those who put their trust in circumcision. This is a work of the flesh. Paul was the most Jewish of Jews, zealous in everything, but this did him no good.
Now he sees that everything is loss compared to knowing Christ. He just wants to know Christ and to share in the power of the resurrection.
He hasn’t yet reached this goal but he presses on. His goal is the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul’s overarching aim is to know Christ more, but not in a fleshly, self-directed way. He longs for a deeper fellowship with Christ. All of his work and his suffering come from this desire to know Christ more.
I need to make that my aim also. There is no disappointment, no sense of failure, no conflict of interests when all we want is to know Him more.
Lord Jesus, come and reveal yourself more fully to me. Help me to make Paul’s desire my own. Amen.