Philippians chapter 3 says some very wonderful things.
Paul has set a target and a prize before him. It is worth forgetting most of the past insofar as it might dampen faith and vision and progress.
He strains like the well-tuned athlete for the finish-line.
It is to know Christ intimately and the fellowship of His sufferings, if by any means he (Paul) might attain unto the resurrection from the dead. Not that he is there yet, but he presses forward to apprehend that for which he is also apprehended of Christ.
Now wait a minute! Who is chasing whom? Jesus is in many places referred to as the Bridegroom. Figure it out. Might also take a wander over to Psalm 45.
Shoutin’ ground Friends, shoutin’ ground…
To know Him
As the maiden knows her suitor
To hear Him
As the poet thrills to song
To feel Him
As the wounded soothed and heartened
To trust Him
In His likeness, kind and strong.
This the measure
Of the race that we are running
This the treasure
Of the prize so close at hand.
Not our skill but
His provision for the finish
And sweet laurels
We will later understand.