“More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the
surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him, I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ.”
– Philippians 3:8
Coaches desire great things for themselves and the athletes they teach. This desire drives them to compete, pursue and strive toward their ultimate goal of the season. This could be called the want to achieve. In team sports, the wants of individual players don’t always match up with the wants of the team. The challenge for coaches is to get the entire team to want the same thing and focus on that goal all season long.
The Apostle Paul was single-minded. His desire or want in life was much different from most others of his time. He didn’t value the trophies and recognition others desired. Paul’s sole want was to “gain Christ.” His only desire was to know Jesus Christ better and better with each passing day. He didn’t let circumstances, the people around him, or an uncertain future get in the way of the number one object of his desire—Jesus Christ. Every day, Paul shared his desire with others and prayed they would join him. The want can be powerful! Paul knew what he wanted, and his focus never wavered. What is the greatest want in your faith journey? What price are you willing to pay to achieve it?
Heavenly Father, teach me Your ways and give me the desire to pursue Your will for my life today and every day. Amen.