How did Paul do the things he did? His parents and teachers in Israel taught him to have unquenchable zeal toward God.
Listen to Paul introduce himself as he began to explain to his Jewish brethren why he did the things he did, “I am indeed a Jew, born in Tarsus of Cilicia, but brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the strictness of our fathers’ law, and was zealous toward God as you all are today” (Acts 22:3).
Did Paul’s parents bring him to Jerusalem as a boy that he might have Gamaliel as a teacher? Whatever happened, his upbringing made him zealous toward God, whether as a persecutor or as the persecuted. Paul did what he could to show God zeal.
What could you do, if you became zealous toward God?