“Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ” – Philippians 3:8
When Paul converted on the Damascus road, Jesus Christ became the supreme treasure and joy of his life. It was a costly allegiance.What Paul learned there in Damascus was not only the joy of sins forgiven and fellowship with the King of the universe, but also how much he would have to suffer. Jesus sent Ananias to him with this message —
“And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” – Acts 9:16
When he came near the end of his life and warned not to go to Jerusalem, he answered —
“Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” – Acts 21:13
For Paul, the glory of the name of Jesus and His reputation in the world was more important than life.