When Silas and Timothy had come from Macedonia, Paul was compelled by the Spirit, and testified to the Jews that Jesus is the Christ. But when they opposed him and blasphemed, he shook his garments and said to them, "Your blood
be upon your own heads; I am clean. From now on I will go to the Gentiles." And he departed from there and entered the house of a certain man named Justus, one who worshiped God, whose house was next door to the synagogue. Then Crispus, the ruler of the synagogue,
believed on the Lord with all his household. And many of the Corinthians, hearing, believed and were baptized.
Fridays with the Apostle Paul
When I was a kid, I remember a time when I couldn't get my best friend to come out and play. He seemed to have something else on his schedule and it didn't include me. So, pouting, I returned home. But my mother stopped me at the
door with some really good advice, "Just go find someone else. Play with those who want to play." It turned out to be a good afternoon after all.
Someone in your life is ready to hear of God's love. Somebody's probably not. How you manage those two conversations can be the difference between hope and hardship.
You see, Paul began his effort to share Christ's Gospel among a group of friends that didn't want to hear it. So what did he do? He could have rolled up his sleeves and launched a verbal bloodbath toward the foolish folks that
resisted his glorious message. In fact, a younger Paul might have done so.
Instead, the wise apostle rolled up his scrolls (and his tongue) and went searching for those ready to receive. The result? Well, the church at Corinth got its start among those Paul found open to the truth he offered.
Yes, we must look for any opportunity to share the love we've found with others, but when they prove their disinterest, don't think that a verbal jousting will ultimately win the day. Look for those who are more ready to hear and
shift your efforts to their ears. Who know what might grow from their ranks? And, perhaps, even those who once resisted will later respond to a message that is growing around them.
---Dr. Mike Clarensau serves as Dean-Elect for Southwestern AG University's College of Bible and Church Ministries.
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