Not that I have now attained [this ideal], or have already been made perfect, but I press on to lay hold of (grasp) and make my own, that for which Christ Jesus (the Messiah) has laid hold of me and made me His own. (Philippians 3:12 AMP).
Our goal as Paul's, should be to know Christ, to be like Christ, and to be all Christ has in mind. This is a helpful example for us. We should not let anything take our eyes off our goal- knowing Christ. With single - mindedness we must lay aside everything harmful and forsake anything that may distract us from being effective Christians.