The Immovable Man
The apostle Paul made a profound statement in (Acts 20:24) "But none of these things move me: Nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." (NKJV). We can safely refer to Paul as the "immovable man", not only on the basis of this one statement, but when we consider everything he endured for the sake of the gospel. In (2 Cor 11:16-33) we can read the account of the many trials and tribulations he went through while taking the gospel message to the Gentile world. When you read through the book of Acts, in nearly every city he visited spreading the gospel, he was followed by a band of fanatical religious Jews from Jerusalem, accusing him of teaching wrong doctrine. They had rejected the teaching of Jesus, and had Him killed by the Romans, because He was upsetting their religious traditions! Jesus came to put an end to the Jewish religion of the day, not to start a new religion! Of course they couldn't understand this because God had caused a spiritual blindness to come upon them, causing their unbelief.
Once Paul, who was then called Saul, met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he was never the same man. He was converted, and then prayed for by a humble disciple named Ananias, to receive his sight back, and be baptized both in water and the Holy Spirit, (Acts 9:1-19) He never forgot this experience, and often shared it, even before kings and rulers. In many of his letters to the churches he had planted, he referred to opposition he had faced. For example in (Phil 1:12-26), and in (2 Tim 4:9-18) we read about some of the ones who spoke against him, and abandoned him in the end of his ministry. In spite of all this, he always ended his letters with a positive word of affirmation and kind regards to all his co-workers and friends. Even his letter to the church in Rome, that he didn't start, and had never even visited, he closed the last chapter with a personal word of greeting to some twenty-five people. This is amazing to me, and only adds to the many positive attributes of this servant of Christ, who we freely call "The Immovable Man"!