St Paul (he was formerly called Saul) claimed that he received the revelation of the Gospel from Jesus Christ. We know that he formerly lived as a persecutor and a murderer of Christians and a destroyer of the church of God. According to the book of Acts, when he was making a journey to Damascus, the resurrected Jesus appeared to him in a great light. He was struck blind, but after three days his sight was restored by Ananias of Damascus. He then began to preach that Jesus of Nazareth is the Jewish Messiah and the Son of God. St Paul writes in his epistle to the Galatian church (located in the highlands of central Anatolia (Ankara) in modern Turkey).
“I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel I preached is not of human origin. I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it; rather, I received it by revelation from Jesus Christ.”( Galatians 1 : 11-12)
The question is why would Jesus have had chosen Paul to be His apostle in his first century world? Couldn’t Jesus find someone else who was better than Paul? It is evident that God may choose anyone regardless of his/her background/race to serve Him and to be His representative for His Kingdom. Those who are willing to submit and obey His calling will be equipped to work and to accomplish His great plans on this earth.
God works in us (believers) and through us with the power of the Holy Spirit. We cannot do God’s work with our own strength. Even if we try we would get weary and discouraged when we have not seen the result. We are called to be a witness to Christ in every area we do. I am not talking about going on the street and preaching, because not everyone is called to do that. We are called to be the light of the world, to be a speaker of hope and life and the love of Jesus Christ. We are called to bring people to Christ and most importantly we are called to be like Him.