that I may gain Christ and be found in him
This little phrase is tucked away in a much larger and possibly more grand statement by Paul. But it seems oh so significant to me. As Paul presses on and fights the fight, as he contends for the gospel and faces hostility and rejection, his sole purpose, his only goal is not selfish ambition, but a desire to connect more deeply with Christ. To "gain Christ, and to be found in him". What greater passion could we possibly have?