Apostle Paul must have heard people comparing himself with other workers of the gospel with all different opinion and feedback on himself. But, he is refusing to classify or compare himself with others in the Lord. Rather, he is walking with the Lord and tries to finish the race the Lord Jesus has marked out for himself;
What could we observe Paul’s attitude about his own life-long quest in the Lord? See also Phil 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
What could we learn from the way he is refusing to commend himself? See also Act 20:24 However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace.
What are we supposed to consider as a life-long task to pursue as we observe Paul’s life? See also Ps 27:4 One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him
What is God saying to you about your own life-long pursuit of Him?
How do you want to listen to His voice?