Ever had a plan change?
…You’re not alone. The first (noted) Paul had a similar journey.
Let’s look at the life of the one who helped to make Paul a common name.
Paul was from the Judaic tribe of Benjamin born into Roman citizenship. So, he was known by two names… His Hebrew name (Saul) as well as his Latin (Roman) name: Paul – which means “small” or “humble.”
He had the perfect plan. To establish himself within a trade while being educated under an accomplished spiritual leader. And by his early to mid-twenties, Paul was part of a very influential group.
They were the role models of the community. The ones others looked up to. Rome controlled the territory but this group had cultural relevance and handled most religious matters. And Paul was right in the midst… He made the big-time.
Then came trouble.
His credibility (and the credence of the group) was being challenged. Jesus, the one he helped crucify, was seen alive!.. Resurrected.
There were witnesses.
…And so many signs and wonders.
Paul was losing his influence. All he had worked for.
…So he went on the attack.
He pursued those who spoke of Jesus as The Messiah. House to house, he arrested followers. And gained a mean reputation… Paul was on a mission.
It was just another day. Until… A bright light flashed around him forcing him to the ground. He was asked… “Why are you persecuting me?”
“Who are you…?” Paul replied.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting…”
Oh!.. was he humbled… He spent the next three days blind – didn’t eat or drink anything. It took a follower of Jesus to pray for him to regain his sight. Now… Paul pursued a new mission.
He took time to learn the Way of Jesus.
And traveled proclaiming the message.
Interestingly, Paul faced the same persecution he once gave.
But, the influence he thought he’d lost was regained …exponentially.
He not only helped establish the Christian message. He became globally relevant – having a part in the most read book in the world.