But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
by: Gabrielle Watt.
Like Jesus in the previous passages, Paul also emphasized the importance of putting aside the things that use to take priority in our lives in order to fully follow Christ. Delving deeper into what that means, Paul said that every follower of Christ should have the goal to consider everything that takes priority over God in his or her lives as garbage. This means lying to rest all the things that distract us from Him. Paul went on to say that while this should be our goal, we know that it is not easy to attain and that it takes time. Regardless of all that, we are called to keep pressing on towards it.