“I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Saul, the young man who was to become the Apostle Paul, knew what it was to strive to please God by fulfilling requirements of the religion in which he’d been raised. Everything that was so important to him fell away when he met the risen Christ. He had studied about God. But then he met his living Lord.
The truths he had studied now came alive. He had met the One the prophets foretold, and his life was filled with joy and purpose. All that mattered was to know Christ and complete God’s assignment. Until his death, Paul loved and served his Lord wholeheartedly.
God has a plan for each of us, too. His plan for us may be as surprising and dramatic as the changes that came for Saul or His plan may be more subtle in our lives. Either way, God’s plan will draw us closer to Jesus.