Today’s scripture: Philippians 3:3-6
Saul was the most religious of the religious. Before meeting Jesus on the
Damascus road, he was a letter-perfect Pharisee. He traced his family tree back
to Benjamin, the son of Jacob. He followed the law with precision. He was, in
the eyes of man, “blameless.”
How often do we rely on our “pedigree” to save us? Even today, with
Christianity so reviled in the press, polls are taken in which a very high
percentage of respondents claim to be Christians.
I went to church as a kid, they say. I was raised in a Christian home, they
say. I’m an American, so I’m a Christian, they say. (Although the latter seems
to be said less and less these days …) I follow the Ten Commandments, so I’m
good, they say.
Saul—now Paul—thought he had everything under control. He thought he knew it
all. Then he met Jesus Christ, God the Son. And he recognized that nothing he
was, nothing he’d done, brought salvation. He met the true Messiah, the Savior,
And his life changed forever.
It’s not our heritage that brings salvation. It’s not our hard work. It’s not
who we know or where we come from. No. It’s a meeting with God. It’s the
realization that we cannot do anything to receive the blessing of forgiveness
and eternal life with God—Father, Son, and Spirit.
Have you met Jesus? If not, you can meet Him today. Just admit you’re incapable
on your own and ask Jesus to forgive you and to take over your life. Then get a
Bible and read the book of John. Find a church that teaches truth from the word
And your life will be changed forever.