We all have something to brag about. It might be your homemade chicken noodle soup, your new car, or your new haircut. We want everyone to know when our birthday is and how we accomplished some amazing feat mentally or physically. Paul reveals a new concept in this chapter; he says, "But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ." Paul's ultimate goal was to know Christ through His salvation, through His suffering, and through His ministry. For Paul, Jesus was the means and the end, and he wanted the believers at Philippi to have that same heart to know the living and advocating Christ. He will not give up on that goal no matter who hurts or offends him. He will not quit because people do not like it or because they physically abuse him for it. He must press on as God's warrior with God's Words of life. How can he continue on? The Apostle understands that his citizenship is no longer in Tarsus or the Roman Empire; his citizenship is in heaven only because of the sacrificial, unconditional love of Jesus displayed on the cross of Calvary. He knows that eventually the body that people abuse will be transformed to spend eternity in heaven. Have you given up on God or on His church? Have you forgotten the real goal of life? Could today be the day, you forgive those who have hurt or offended you, and you get back in the race with the ultimate goal of knowing Jesus?

Help me, Lord, to put the goal of knowing you at the top of the list of my priorities. Help me to set an example that other believers can follow through the wonderful and the difficult moments of life.