When Paul encounters Christ on the road to Damascus, he can no longer hold to his former lifestyle. He trusts God and His promises. He puts his faith in Jesus and is obedient/submissive to God’s direction in his life, even to the point of death.
As Paul discovers the truth of Jesus and His gospel, he informs the Corinthians – he is obliged to share it with others.
Paul, like many of us, used to view religion from a worldly point of view. God was something he could use to achieve his own agenda and pursue his own end. It is a temptation many of us are familiar with.
Paul’s encounter with Christ humbled him, showed him the truth, and introduced him to what he describes as the “fear” of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:11). To revere and honor Him, to recognize Him as judge, and to accept the truth that His agenda is better than our own.
When we view God and others from a worldly point of view, it sows derision and divisiveness among us. When we adopt God’s point of view, we see the opportunity for unity, synergy, and truth within all of us.
“So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer.”
– 2 Corinthians 5:16