No one had to tell Paul that he should tell others about his salvation and witness about the Lord Jesus. The new relationship through the encounter with Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit produced an automatic desire to share with others what he now knew. So, “immediately he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God”” (Acts 9:20). Paul was well known in religious circles of his day. “And all who heard him were amazed and said, “Is not this the man who made havoc in Jerusalem of those who called upon this name? And has he not come here for this purpose, to bring them bound before the chief priests?”” (9:21).
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?
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