Who Impacted Paul?
The Apostle Paul was one of the most impactful followers of Jesus to ever walk the face of the earth. He preached the Gospel in many cities, was persecuted for his faith, and eventually was killed for his proclamation of Jesus. Before Paul was killed and persecuted for being a Christian, he was the one persecuting and even approving the murder of Christians. While Paul was on his way to Damascus to persecute and potentially kill more Christians, he experienced an encounter that would radically transform him forever.
Now as he went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And he said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do” (Acts 9:3-6).
Following this life-changing encounter, Paul would grow to be one of the most influential and prominent Christians in all of history.
As Paul began to proclaim the Gospel and grow with other believers, he didn’t do it without the power of God working through him and he didn’t do it without the help of someone who was willing to step into his life.
And when he had come to Jerusalem, he attempted to join the disciples. And they were all afraid of him, for they did not believe that he was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles and declared to them how on the road he had seen the Lord, who spoke to him, and how at Damascus he had preached boldly in the name of Jesus (Acts 9:26-27).
Barnabas was willing to step into Paul’s life when everyone else was afraid. Not only was he willing to step into Paul’s life, but he would continue to spend a great amount of time and effort serving alongside Paul and building him up.
So Barnabas went to Tarsus to look for Saul, and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians (Acts 11:25-26).
A person of impact is someone who is willing to step into someone else’s life when no one else is willing to. A person of impact is someone who encourages and builds another up. A person of impact is someone who is willing and able to not just teach how but to serve and fight alongside another.
Student Ministries Director