Paul in Philippians 3:12 says “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal..”
In this chapter he explains about his qualification of a Jew and the things he could boast. He had his worldly qualifications. Then he renounced everything for Knowing Christ. He had his spiritual qualifications. He has set his goal very clearly as he says “I want to know Christ”. After saying all these things he says I have not attained it yet. This was a very profound statement. This state of dissatisfaction always kept him learning and doing more things for God.
Many today feel that they know it all. They claim to have attained all that God has for them. And in the process they are saturated. I have heard many say that they have become perfect and they have completely matured. But Paul’s attitude was that he always had some distance to cover in meeting God’s standards. This kind of attitude made Paul to always look forward for God.
So to achieve his goal what did he do?
Verse 13 says “But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”
He forgets his past achievements and his credentials. He does not allow it to bring him to a complacent state. He forgets it. What do you have to forget to know Christ? Is it your family background, or past achievements? Or is it the thought of being superior spiritually than most others? What do you have to forget?
Then he says Straining towards what is ahead. It is not just moving ahead. Its straining. It is working hard to achieving his goal of knowing Christ. Many just go around doing nothing and they want to know Christ. They want Christ to reveal himself in some extraordinary way. It will not happen. Knowing Christ involves intentional work. One has to sit long hours and take pains to study and understand the Word of God. What efforts are you taking to know Christ?
Let us like Paul attain this state unattained so that we would Achieve more for God and we would know God more intimately.