“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 for the season. This could be called “the want” to achieve. In team sports, players wants don’t always match up. The challenge for coaches is to get the entire team to “want” the same thing and to focus on that goal all season long.
The Apostle Paul was single-minded. His desire or his “want” in life was much different than 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 today than yesterday. He did not let his circumstances, the people around him or an uncertain future get in the way of the number one object of his desire—Jesus Christ. Each and every day, Paul shared his desire—Jesus Christ—with others and prayed that 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.