“He got to the top alright, but do you know how many people he climbed over to get there?” Some people are ambitious. And some people are
if you know what I mean.
We see it all the time. People climbing to the top and not caring who they “move” along the way. “By hook or by crook” is the saying we often hear used. Cutthroat comes to mind. “Stomp them to the ground” comes to mind. What is often missed along the way is the reason for it. Sure, there are those whose sole goal is to be top-dog.
There are those who do the “knock down drag out” thing because of a profound emptiness. It is tied to self-worth.
There are also those who truly believe they are doing what is best for the company and will cast aside all restraint to either prove the value, or maybe even the superiority of the company.
I think Saul/Apostle Paul falls into that latter statement. I truly believe he was doing what he thought was best for the Jewish tradition; was willing to cast aside all restraint (pursuing Christians with all he had); and firmly believed in the superiority of his Jewish tradition. If there was ever a reclamation project, it was Saul!
His story is the basis for my last sermon in the series of “Reclaimed.” You can read his story in several different places. Acts 9. Acts 22. Acts 26. Philippians 3. It is one of those “you-gotta-read-it-to-believe-the-change” stories.
Sort of reminds me of this movie clip.
Saul/Paul was used by God to become known as probably the greatest missionary who ever lived. Overcoming so much to take the message to the known world, he became what God intended him to be. How did he do it? This is how.
I can’t think of a better way to end my series on a high note than to talk about Saul/Paul. God’s reclamation of him is primo stuff. He is truly the God of the Second Chance.
Have you been given a second chance? Do you know of someone whom God has reclaimed from the trash heap of life and has been put back into circulation? I’d love to hear the story.
I will be in another city performing the funeral of a dear friend who has gone to be with Jesus. I will be unable to comment quickly, but will do so as soon as able. I can approve comments with my phone, but it is terrible for responding.