We know the story of Saul in Acts 9. His life is ripped apart and turned upside down. He would now have to break out of his ‘complete’ life – his reputation was about to be shredded – his status in Judaism was about to be lost – his life style would soon become one of traveling and being beaten and suffering – he lost his career, probably his family and all the respect of the Pharisaical community.
And all this happened because Saul became Paul wholeheartedly. He did not transition over a few weeks or months. He did not have to think through the implications of what he was about to do – he jumped in with both feet instantly – verses 19b and 20 of Acts 9 say that after spending a few days with the disciples he went, IMMEDIATELY into the synagogue and preached that Jesus was the son of God. As soon as he had something to eat and drink – bam – he is in the synagogue preaching Jesus. Imagine the reaction of the Jews – imagine the utter disbelief at what had happened to their champion. People where shocked to the core – is this not the one who was sent to imprison the Christians!!
And the response of the Jews? V23 says they plotted to kill him – after only a few days. Such was Paul impact that the Jews knew he had to die.
In a matter of days everything which had been certain for Saul ended – EVERYTHING and Paul began a fresh.
All because he met Jesus.
And was this loss painful for Paul? Paul writes in Philippians 3 that with regard to all he had been, “Whatever gains I had, these I have come to regard as lost because of Christ. More than that, I regard everything as loss because of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things, and I regard them as rubbish in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but one that comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God based on faith.”
His education – his position in society – his popularity – his family – his career – his future – his past where all NOTHING; irrelevant; valueless compared to / when placed against knowing Jesus.
All this because he met Jesus Christ.
This is what is meant by the term “a servant of God”.
And so the question is can we call ourselves a servant of Jesus? In this way?