Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. (NIV) Acts 9:18-20
Paul’s conversion is due to the personal appearance of the risen Christ, who appeared as literally as He did when He appeared to the disciples for 40 days before He ascended to Heaven. It is not a mere vision. It is not a figment of Paul’s imagination. It is not a dream, but a manifestation of the risen Lord. It radically changed his life.
After interacting with Jesus Christ, Paul is literally blinded by the experience. From the moment that Paul is blinded on the Damascus road, he lives in total obedience to the One whom he had opposed. It is a total conversion – a conversion of the will, intellect, and emotion, that changed the purpose and direction of Paul’s life and activities.
Paul was a man who was running hard in a direction he was convinced was right, but Christ “laid hold of” him, turned him completely around, and set him off in the opposite direction. Are you running hard in a certain direction utterly convinced that it’s right? You may say: “I’m not running.” Well what’s the most important thing or person in your life? That’s what you’re chasing. Sometimes we run so fast, so focused, it takes a Damascus road experience like Paul’s, to get our attention.
Jesus tapped Paul on the shoulder and he turned to follow Christ. When has Jesus tapped you on the shoulder? Have you turned around?