There is no mystery at all to why driftwood is called driftwood. It is simply wood that has drifted. The wood comes to be in the water through flooding or storms breaking off tree branches. Or it could be there as a result of logging. In any case, the wood drifts aimlessly at the whim of the waves. When and where it washes up on to shore seems completely arbitrary. Just like for some people, circumstances push and prod to move a body from here to there with no clear goal in mind.
In today’s verse, Paul lives his life with a specific goal in mind. He wants to gain Christ (verse 8) be found in Christ (verse 9) and to know Christ (verse 10). Paul not only wanted to know Jesus and His power, he was ready to suffer for His sake. He was willing to completely deny himself and take up his cross to follow Him (Luke 9:23). His goals would last a lifetime and make his life significant. There would be no aimless drifting through life for him!
What is my purpose? Because I belong to Him, I want the goals in my life to match up with His for me. Knowing Him is the most worthwhile purpose there is! And God prepared in advance a whole plan of good works for me to accomplish. (Eph. 2:10) I, like every believer, have a purpose. I do not want to waste time and just drift through life! And I am confident He will give me what it takes to “press on.”
Lord, keep me from drifting today.