Acts 9:21, “All who heard him were amazed. ‘Isn’t this the same man who caused such devastation among Jesus’ followers in Jerusalem?’ they asked. ‘And didn’t he come here to arrest them and take them in chains to the leading priests?’”

Paul’s conversion was extraordinary. He did not want to follow Jesus. In fact when he was first mentioned in the Bible in the books of Acts, it was on the occasion of Stephen’s martyrdom. Then, the way Paul was mentioned again was really looking bleak. He was on a mission to annihilate Jesus’s followers!

Then Jesus came to him.

Acts 9 tells us a brief narrative on how Paul, formerly Saul, got to know Jesus in a really extra ordinary way. I hope you can find time to read it.

Going back, Paul was a highly feared person in Jerusalem. He burst into the scene with guns blazing! And In a short time, God was all over him. God had an awesome plan for him. He is called the greatest missionary. His contribution in the spread of Christianity was unmatched. He was not even discipled by Jesus but he took the world by storm. God is good!

Paul had an extraordinary conversion for an extraordinary purpose: to spread the Good News of Jesus to the Gentiles (non-Jews). That is why you and me know Jesus, because of the extraordinary ministry of Paul.

Now this is not to minimize the role Jesus’s disciples took upon. It was an entirely different purpose worth a separate article.

Paul’s experience is also nothing special in the eyes of God. To Him, its all the same. Ordinary or extraordinary. Whatever the circumstance on how we met Jesus it is nothing if we do not accomplish the purpose for which we were called.

Paul finished his mission well. God could have allowed him to stay longer and expand the Kingdom more than ever or rewarded Paul for his ministry with a cabin in the woods. No. God chose to make Paul’s life a demonstration of his grace and mercy.

When Jesus called me, there was no light that shone from heaven and Jesus being heard by those around. No lightning flashing or thunder clapping. My conversion was uneventful but God chose to redeem me, a worthless sinner and made me a child of His.

Praise God!