Have your priorities been “God-arranged”?
But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 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, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: (Philippians 3:7-9 KJV)
Saul was likely on track to be incorporated in the inner circle of power, wealth, and esteem of Jewish society. Saul one day would likely be in line to be one of the respected leaders of this people.
But God divinely intervened:
God suddenly brought Saul down upon the ground to his knees by His supernatural power and holy illumination. In an instant, Saul toppled down on the road to Damascus laying helpless and full of holy fear at this unplanned run in with God.
Saul was stopped in his tracks and given a new route. He was given a new name Paul. He was given a new spiritual life in God through faith His Son Jesus Christ. Paul lost all things he had counted as a gain in his former life according to the standards of living in alignment with the god of this world. God gave Paul new principles and a firm foundation in his new life. This new life rearranged Paul’s priorities, activities, and spiritual heart condition bringing Paul in line up with God’s will for his life.
Paul never looked back over his shoulder like Lot’s wife. He never desired to be Saul again, or lamented about anything he left behind in his former life moving on for the things of God. Paul embraced his new life robed in the richness of Christ; blanketed in God’s unconditional love, grace and mercy and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. May you know the joy of the Lord all year long.