Wednesday 2 January, 2013

Acts 18: 5 – 11

5 Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia. Then Paul spent all his time preaching. He gave witness to the Jews that Jesus was the Christ. 6 But the Jews opposed Paul. They treated him badly. He didn’t like this. So he shook out his clothes. Then he said to them, “Anything that happens to you will be your own fault! Don’t blame me for it! From now on I will go to people who are not Jews.” 7 Then Paul left the synagogue. He went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a man who worshiped God. 8 Crispus was the synagogue ruler. He and his whole family came to believe in the Lord. Many others who lived in Corinth heard Paul. They too believed and were baptized. 9 One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Keep on speaking. Don’t be silent. 10 I am with you. No one will attack you and harm you. I have many people in this city.” 11 So Paul stayed there for a year and a half. He taught them God’s word.

I have questions about this passage. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that Paul was sent as an apostle to the Gentiles, yet

here (as everywhere!) we see him devoted to teaching the Jews in the synagogue. It is only when he gets totally fed up with

their unbelief that he goes next door, to Titius Justus, a God-fearing Roman gentile. The next sentence records that the synagogue leader, then believed along with his whole family. That means that the very thing Paul desired to see happen (Jews believing in Jesus as Messiah) only occurred once he was doing the job he had been sent for – preaching to the gentiles.

I believe that this means that we will be fruitful when we are doing God’s will. Obvious, I know, but even Paul seems to have tried doing a ‘good thing’ rather than the ‘God

thing’.

Lord, help me to know your will for me. As I step into the specific purpose you have for me, let my ministry increase in fruitfulness.

Written by Megan Cornell

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