Ask the Apostle Paul about it and he might answer,
“Yea, you won’t believe what happened to me on the road to Damascus. All of a sudden I was thrown off my horse and blinded. Then, Jesus spoke to me and told me to stop persecuting him. As if that wasn’t life changing enough, he told me to go and tell the world about him. ”
Now who would believe a story like that?
The same person who believes God threw a man into a whale and 3 days later spit him out.
It isn’t easy being a disciple.
Certain responses come with the territory of spreading God’s word.
Labels like “he’s a real lunatic, crazy or he’s just really lost it.”
Why does this occur?
Most people, even Christians don’t volunteer to seek the spiritual. Instead they follow Paul’s religiosity until God knocks them off their “horse of pride.” His example sets a precedence of idiot causes. Prior to his conversion he was considered a highbrow scholar who incited such mass murders as was done to Stephen. He wasn’t a nice guy.
The non-converted Paul would fit well in today’s society. He would be a pioneer of radical bigotry; a smooth two faced graduate of an Ivy League University with Honors. President of his class, he is persuasive and charming. He always gets the girl.
His conversion would not meet with a grandiose reception. Blacklisted, ousted and seen as a traitor, his Doctorate Degree in Religious Studies soon becomes a joke.
Paul, the ‘Man of the Hour” has turned into a “Jesus Freak.”
So what really happened on Paul’s journey to Damascus?
The notable society of Paul “wanna-be’s” probably believed he had changed, but a transformation like his was the beginning of “Kingdom Discipleship.”
Earthly discipleship is viewing spiritual things with natural eyesight.
In other words, serving man instead of God.
“Kingdom Discipleship” is training to see the natural from a spiritual set of eyes or serving God.
Earthly discipleship is running rampant. The veil remains on many faces.
(2 Corinthians 3)
Paul spent years after his conversion learning how to look through spiritual eyes.
Like Paul, when we seek and yearn for God’s presence, a natural shift takes place. Over time, a spiritual metamorphosis occurs and the veil is lifted.
It may be gradual but the world begins to look different. Your opinion changes or at times it can do a 180. What you saw before was covered or making sense of life’s issues was impossible. A key component of knowing you have graduated is the frustration of trying to explain to others how different it all looks to you now. You might find yourself in conversations screaming, “don’t you see this? It is clear as a bell!”
All of a sudden life will make sense even in the midst of hell.
All of a sudden the central reason or purpose for any of us existing, CLICKS.
All of a sudden, the world is connected to that one person; Jesus.
If you will volunteer to seek God on your own, you won’t end up getting thrown off your horse like Paul.
And once the veil is removed?
Start working on that “Kingdom Discipleship Doctorate.”
Yeah. And you thought you were finished with school. LOL!