Read this book.
"When Paul was converted on the Damascus road, Jesus Christ became the supreme treasure and joy of his life. ‘I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord’ (Phil 3:8). It was a costly allegiance. What Paul learned there in Damascus was not only the joy of sins forgiven and fellowship with the King of the universe, but also how much he would have to suffer. Jesus sent Ananias to him with this message: ‘I will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name’ (Acts 9:16). Paul’s missionary sufferings were ‘for the sake of the name.’ When he came near the end of his life and was warned not to go to Jerusalem he answered, ‘What are you doing, weeping and breaking my heart? For I am ready not only to be imprisoned but even to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus’ (Acts 21:13). For Paul, the glory of the name of Jesus and his reputation in the world was more important than life."
Now the real question: Was Paul the only follower of Jesus called to live like this? Or, should this be the norm?