I need to not cruise through this chapter without marveling at the surpassing greatness of Christ which, by comparison, makes everything else in life look like a loss. Two factors highlight this treasure of Christ. First, the indulgent presence of evil (Phil 3:2) and the proud self-reliance of religion (Phil 3:3-6). Jesus is a treasure compared to which all other virtues and vices fade into worthlessness. The critical question can be framed in a comparison: Do you love Jesus more than these? (John 21:15).
The same two-sided Christianity that we saw in chapter two is present here, too. Christ has laid hold of me. I am seeking to lay hold on him. He does the work. . . and so do I.
There is such power in forgetting what is behind, being confident it is forgiven, and reaching forward to the prize. Too many of us are bound to the past and try to work around it. Jesus laid hold of you so you can move forward. Don't go back there. This is a glorious purpose!