Meet a man who believed in religion.
This man has followed the rules from infancy. He was committed to being the best he could be. This guy really believed that he was the defender of the faith. Religious authority backing him up, with zeal he hunted and killed in the name of God. Now, that’s commitment!
He read the word of God and took it all in, but like the man who boasts, “I have read from beginning to end 7 times,” this man did not hear God speaking. His religion misled him to believe in his own righteousness. That is until he heard God speak. “He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?'” (Acts 9:4 NASB)
Saul thought highly of himself
“If someone else thinks they have reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for righteousness based on the law, faultless.” (Philippians 3:4-6)
Saul became Paul because he heard God’s voice. There was time to think while lying blind in a bed. So, Jesus got Paul’s attention.
For all of my readers of different religions I pray that Jesus gets your attention and that you honestly consider His words. That’s advice coming from a man who “put confidence in the flesh.” I was blind until I heard and listened to God’s voice.
No matter our position, be it lofty or low, God will speak to those who will listen.