This week we highlight another unlikely Hero. The Apostle Paul. What made him so unlikely? what made him a true Hero? Welp. Lets start with what know about him BEFORE he became a Christian.
He’s from a little town called Tarsus – Acts 21:39
He was a Roman citizen – Acts 23:25
He was a Pharisee – Acts 23:5-6
He was a tent maker – Acts 18:3
He was a major persecuter of the church – Acts 8:1-4
Interesting little description of the man who wrote most of the New Testament isn’t it? In 2 Corinthians 12:6-8 Paul writes of a thorn in his side that does not leave him. It’s something that he’s asked for several times to leave him but yet it doesn’t.
Paul does not go into much detail in telling us what this pain is but he does mention that it keeps him humble. It is my OPINION that that pain that he feels that keeps him humble, could actually be the memories of his past life. The life he led before he became a Christian. I wonder if when he closed his eyes, did he see the face of every brother and sister in the Lord that he sent to jail?
The Bible says that shortly after his salvation (Acts 9) He started to preach Christ’s love and saving power. Right off the bat the people began to throw back in his face, his past. All the things he use to do. Who he use to be. (Acts 9:21)
What made Paul a Hero wasn’t that he wrote so much and started all those churches. What made him a hero was that he did all that dispite what he use to be! In fact the Bible says that when the people try to show him his past he just preached harder and louder! (Acts 9:22)
The other thing that made him a Hero was the fact that the very people who he use to stand with, his friends and fellow ministers, hated him yet he STILL preached God’s Word. (Acts 9:23-25)
These are the things you can learn from Paul
1. Never let what you use to be or what you use to do stand between you and what God has called you to do.
2. People will throw your past back in your face. All you can do is continue to preach God’s saving word