They only heard the report: "The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy."
Galatians 1:23 NIV
I am reminded how radically amazing is Saul's transformation to the apostle Paul. He was the most religious of all Jews, doing everything in his power to stop what he thought was heretical teaching from Jesus, but then suddenly became the most devout follower of Jesus. He gave up everything else to preach the Christ he at first fought against, and he suffered repeatedly all the way to his death standing up for the risen Jesus. It is hard to contemplate any viable explanation other than that Jesus really did reveal Himself supernaturally to Paul on the road to Damascus.
Paul gave me a great example to follow of what it looks like to be a fully committed follower of Jesus. Follow in his footsteps as I seek, love, and serve my Lord and Savior.
Lord, thank you that Your ways are not our ways, that Your ways are much higher than our ways. Thank you for the amazing transformations You work in people's lives, including my own. Help me to be as sold out for You and fully committed to You as even Paul was. I love you!