Acts 26:16-20, But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; 17 Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, 18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. 19 Whereupon, O king Agrippa, I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision: 20 But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.
Everywhere that Paul went he testified, not only of the grace of God in his life, but of the “heavenly vision,” or the call upon his life, including when he stood before King Agrippa. The Apostle Paul had a heart-transforming, life-changing, and destiny altering encounter, and experience with the living Christ in Acts Chapter 9 on the Damascus Road, and he wasn’t ashamed to share it with others, and he surely wasn’t afraid to live it out before others.
After Jesus spoke to Paul on the Damascus Road his heart and life was changed forever. His desires changed. His decision-making process changed. The direction of his life changed. And yes, his destiny changed for God’s glory and for the good of others.
After this experience with the living Christ Paul became a “radical” follower (are there any other kind of followers?) of Jesus Christ. He became a man who who not only counted the cost to follow Christ, he committed himself totally to the cause of Christ and the Christ of the cause, regardless of the circumstances and consequences.
This is what Paul lived for. This is what Paul eventually died for!
Paul willingly sacrificed his personal desires, ambitions, dreams, and eventually gave his life as a martyr, to fulfill the eternal purpose of God – the “heavenly vision” to bring the light of the glorious Gospel to the unreached and unengaged peoples of the world [Romans 15:20]!
How about us today?