But one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
A young, single businessman is committed to hitting the gym for an hour every morning before work. Then he gets married and has children. He now has a higher purpose: being with his family in the mornings. So he adjusts his workout routines in light of his new, higher purpose and priority. There can be only one main purpose in life.
When the apostle Paul became a Christian, he reorganized his priorities. In Philippians 3 he revealed what his single purpose was: “But one thing I do . . . I press toward the goal…of God’s call in Christ Jesus (emphasis added). He no doubt had many goals—be faithful, be disciplined, be generous, be loving—but they all served his one consuming purpose: to press toward God in Christ.
Paul’s purpose ordered his life. It was the standard by which everything else was measured. Paul’s purpose should be the purpose of every Christian.
Life can only be enjoyed as one acquires a true perspective of life and death and of the real purpose of life. Spiros Zodhiates