“But whatever former things I (Paul) had that might have been gains to me, I have come to consider as [one combined] loss for Christ’s sake.” (Philippians 3:7)
“Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege (the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage) of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord AND of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. For His sake I have lost everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs), in order that I may win (gain) Christ, the Anointed One.” (Philippians 3:8)
The Apostle Paul was a big, powerful and zealous man for the Jewish religious people in those days. The same people who pushed so hard for the crucifixion Jesus Christ. He pursued the followers of Jesus and killed them whenever he got the chance. But Jesus saw in Paul that zeal and passion for what he believed in and decided He wanted him on HIS side!
So when Paul was headed to Damascus to continue to persecute the Christians there, Jesus actually met Him on the road and asked Him “Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” That was all it took for Saul to become Paul and leave it all behind to follow Jesus.
Paul considers everything he gained before meeting Jesus, as rubbish. He had found the Pearl of great price. Paul spent the rest of his life pursuing a more and more intimate relationship with God. This passion even brought him to the Third Heaven where he heard things spoken that weren’t lawful to even speak about.
Yes, Paul was eventually killed for his faith and he was happy to do it. He finished his race strong. This one man turned the known world upside down and brought in the rest of the world to the opportunity to know Jesus personally…like he did.
When you encounter Jesus Christ, I mean really meet Him on your Damascus road, you too will never be the same. It is impossible to encounter Him and remain the same. When the Lord looks at you and me, He sees us not as terrible sinners, but as people who have so much potential! He sees us as lost sons and daughters. He wants you on His side; on His team.
Don’t know Him?