This should not surprise us. All through the Book of Acts, the Spirit of God was producing powerful believers through the preaching of the gospel. But particularly with Saul, the contrast between his old life and what he was now, became so dramatic that people could not help take notice. This man’s ministry soon divided between those who wanted to obey the faith through the Spirit, and those who were entrenched in religious tradition and unbelief. For them, Saul was hated. “When many days had passed, the Jews plotted to kill him” (9:23). We too will be hated.
We do not need to be Saul or Paul to have his kind of passion. Though I have not had the personal experiences Paul did, I firmly believe that I can have the same Spirit-filled energy to proclaim Jesus wherever God sends me. How about you?