All of us aspire to something. The Apostle Paul, in Phil. 3:7-14 had “holy aspirations.” Let’s aspire with him. In Phil 3:1-6 he recounts his life outside of Christ. If anyone had a “high class” pedigree, it was Saul of Tarsus. In Phil. 3:7 he tells us what his assessment is: “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ.”
From Phil 3:8-14 Paul tells us what his goals are in Christ. In Phil. 3:8 he wants to “gain Christ.” He wanted to find Him as a daily prize, one to treasure beyond degree. In I Cor. 2:2 he writes this: “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
In Phil 3:9 he aspires to “found in Christ.” We are in Christ; we have put Him on in baptism (Gal. 3:26-27). We have the promised indwelt Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). He abides in us. There is “now no condemnation to those in Christ Jesus” (Rom. 8:1).
His goal is to attain to the resurrection from the dead. The resurrection of the Lord Jesus is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Without it we have no hope because Jesus is still in the grave and cannot redeem us. Because He overcame death and redeemed us from our lost state, we have the hope that is a reality that we will live beyond this life with Him forever.
The promise that Jesus is coming back for His Church is another thing that Paul aspired for. He believed that Jesus would keep His Word and come again. Each generation of believers must believe in the imminent coming of the Lord Jesus.
Paul said that another goal he had was “to press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” Jesus is coming again! We must be found ready. We must be found watching, waiting and working for Him. The Crown of Righteousness (II Tim. 4:8) is waiting for the Christian who is living in expectation of he return of the Blessed Hope (Titus 2:11-15)
Let’s set our goals with the Apostle Paul and strive to “grow in the grace and knowledge of the Lord Jesus!”