There was a guy named Saul. He built his life on the most valuable thing he knew: righteousness. In the eyes of his friends and fellow countrymen, he was as morally upright as anyone. He had every reason to boast.
It helped that he just so happened to be born into the nation of Israel, God’s chosen people. His parents circumcised him when he was eight days old, according to the law.
But Saul pulled his load too. He obeyed the law “without fault”. He became a Pharisee. The Pharisees were religious leaders and were esteemed as the most righteous of men. They demand the strictest of obedience to the Jewish law. Better still, Saul zealously oppressed the new threat to the Jewish religion: the followers of Jesus Christ.
That made Saul the best of the best.
…or so he thought.
Then Saul met Jesus
He was on his way to persecute some more of Jesus’ followers one day. Then Jesus himself appeared to Saul before he arrived at his destination. He appeared in dazzling light that left Saul blind for three days.
As a result of Paul’s encounter with Jesus, Saul was changed for life. He changed his name to Paul and wrote many books which are now part of the Bible we still read today. With his life transformed, Saul, now called Paul, realized that all his life he had been wrong about what was the most valuable thing in life:
I once thought these things were valuable, but I now consider them worthless because of what Christ has done. Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. […]
– Philippians 3:7-8
When Paul met Jesus, he knew that nothing could compare with knowing him. Nothing else in life had nearly so much value as – not just knowing about Jesus – but truly knowing him in the type of way that transforms your life.
For more on:
- Saul’s (Paul’s) life changing encounter with Jesus: Read Acts 9:1-19 (in the Bible)
- Paul’s reflections on what he once thought was most valuable VS what he now knows is most valuable: Read Philippians 3:4-11 (in the Bible)
- The infinite value of knowing Christ: watch this video
Let’s talk about it
- Is there anything in your life that seems more valuable than knowing Jesus?
- When you think about knowing Jesus, does it feel valuable?
- What are you building your life on?