Do you have a worldly wedge or a heart shaped love for with things of God?
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, (Philippians 3:8 KJV)
What do you hold nearest and dearest to your heart? Is it a college education, life changing career advancement you rushed up the corporate ladder to seize, or the nest egg you’ve stashed away in your retirement account, or the dream house you just built, or your growing family complete with grandchildren filling your heart with unspeakable joy? None of these aforementioned things are in and of themselves wrong or stand in the way of having strong biblical foundation in life; but if any of these things have become the most important aspect having dominion over your life then the “thing(s)” you highly admire have worked a wedge between you and God.
Paul placed Jesus Christ, His Lord and Savior, at the forefront of life. Knowing God through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ was the best thing that happened to Paul that one day as he traveled on the Damascus Road. This spiritual awakening made Paul see things of this world through the holy lens of God and stopping Paul instantly in his rebellious track changing His mindset and heart towards the things of God.
Paul did not look backwards longingly towards anything he left behind which was important in his old life; rather he forged straight ahead in God’s power and will; enthusiastically leaving behind anything that came in between he and his Savior.