All in all, we all need to lose sight of the It in Me that does not line up with Godís word. To lose means to be unable to find, mislay, to be unable to maintain, sustain, or keep. It also means to be deprived of, and to fail to win. Fail to use or take advantage of. To fail to hear, see or understand. A pronoun used to represent the thing, a word, phase or clause used to represent a situation, topic for consideration, or any other item of discourse that the speaker assumes the hearer will comprehend without antecedent. The word (Me) is the objective case of the first person (I).
Many things in our lives separate us from God. The world has so many its and all of the its, hit me in some way or the other. Well in our text we will see what happens to the It in Me when I wonít lose it.
Paul called Saul before he was converted and his missionary journey began, was on his way to Damascus with orders to persecute the Saints. Paul was from Tarsus of Celicia, born to a well to do family. He was a Rabbi. As a Rabbi he was required to learn a trade, so he learned to be a tentmaker, which was considered to be a menial trade and had low pay. His family was of high social status. Along with his Roman citizenship, he was allowed to study under Gamaliel, the best teacher in those parts for his time. It wasnít his education though that stood our most, but his zeal, which he exhibited as a sinner, much more as a saint. He was the first to martyr the Saints and wreak havoc in the Jerusalem church, which he was on his way to do when God changed his mission and gave him a commission that took him on many journeys.
His purpose was to become an Apostle to the Gentiles. He set up churches, as this is the work of an Apostle, as they go about their journeys. Later on he was arrested and sent to prison where he wrote the so-called prison epistles, (Philippians, Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon). When he was released again he went about preaching and wrote (I & II Timothy and Titus), was rearrested and finally martyred by Nero.
Paulís powerful zeal and love, plus his powerful pen have endeared him to Christians still today. Now Damascus, a very ancient city, the capital of Syria, is located about 100 miles northeast of Jerusalem. Itís mentioned in reference to Paulís conversion.
Paul was on his way to persecute the Saints when he was knocked down with a light from heaven, and God spoke to him directly saying, Saul, Saul, why persecuted thou me.
When God has purpose for our life he chooses us and he will get our attention when we are going contrary to his will. We have to Lose It Me. I must die in me so that God will come in and rescue me from my own destruction.