I Like Paul

I follow Jesus. I want my life to be his life. Without warning, an evil attitude pops into my mind. I can’t believe it—where did that come from? My wife makes a comment or suggestion and dumb words escape from my mouth. Where did I find such harshness?

Paul followed Jesus. He was Jesus’ final selection for Apostleship. From a bright light call on a road trip, Paul’s transformed life witnessed to commoners and kings.

One reason I like Paul the Apostle is, were we to meet, I believe we would be friends. He is a straight shooter. I like that. He is never afraid to take a risk for Jesus. I haven’t exactly gone through life with the crowd. That trait I admire even though sometimes Paul is bobbing up and down hanging to a board in the middle of the ocean.

Paul demonstrated a life with purpose. What a guy. He didn’t always agree with co-workers. He still moved forward. He said and did things that came from his dirt origin. Just like me.

Paul writes to the church in Rome, “For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want to do, but the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want to do, it is no longer I who do it, but it is sin living in me that does it.—Although I want to do good, evil is right there with me—what a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body that is subject to death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

Like his fellow Apostle John, Paul reminds me I don’t have to get it right. In fact, he helps me to remember that residual garden evil is always messing with my life.

I could have saved myself a million guilt trips during the early portion of my walk with Jesus if only I had known. Dumb moves should produce remorse, not guilt. The remorse helps me to remember with Paul how thankful I am to Jesus who will rescue me from this body of death.

Last night I saw a video clip of Julia Gillard, the Prime Minister of Australia. She hit the ground as the spike of her elevated shoe unexpectedly entered into a soft lawn. Since only God has more video on the life of a nation’s leader than the press, a series of clips highlighted multiple high-heel tumbles of the Prime Minister.

I am glad others don’t see my spiritual gaffs memoir via worldwide video. I am glad Jesus catches me when I step on soft ground and fall. He saves me from hitting the ground of eternal condemnation. Paul shouts, “Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!”

That is why I like Paul. We serve the same Jesus.

What is your reflection? Stay tuned. – Gary Sorrells

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