The one thing I do, however, is to forget what is behind me and do my best to reach what is ahead. So I run straight towards the goal. Philippians 3:13-14
Paul was an Israelite by birth of the tribe of Benjamin, a pure-blooded Hebrew. He was circumcised when a week old. He was a Pharisee who kept strictly the Jewish Law. As far as righteousness was concerned, he counted himself to be faultless in obeying the commands of the law.
He worshiped God by means of his Spirit and rejoiced in his life in union with Christ Jesus, counted those things now as worthless, as complete loss for the sake of Christ. He reckoned everything as complete loss for what was more valuable, the knowledge of Christ Jesus his Lord. He had thrown everything away as mere refuse to gain Jesus and be completely united with him.
He only considered himself as righteous, a righteousness that came from God and was based on faith. All Paul wanted was to know Christ and to experience the power of his resurrection, to share in his suffering and became like him in his death.
He kept striving to win the race for which Christ Jesus had already won him to himself. Paul’s hope for his destination was to forget what is behind him and did his best to reach what is ahead. He ran straight forward, no looking back, towards the goal in order to win for himself the prize which was God’s call through Christ Jesus to the life above. This was also his destination in running such a race.
Destination is no longer a place, rather a new way of seeing.