5 When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. 6 But when they opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads! I am innocent of it. From now on I will go to the Gentiles.” 7 Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. 8 Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptized.
Big View: Person of Peace
Small View: Perception – Presence – Proclamation
New Life Christian Fellowship – Concord CA
Observation: I see Paul make an evaluation on his investment. He has been focused narrowly and realizes he needs to look to see other places God may be at work. Paul goes next door. I love he goes to a non-Jewish house where a Roman citizen is a person of peace. His presence in Titus Justin’s home gives Paul access to a different people group. Moving to a religious space changes the effect. Not only does he reach new people, Crispus, the leader of where “shook the dust off his shoes” comes to faith; along with his whole household.
Action: I am encouraged that when I look beyond my narrow focus that may not be an open door in the present and “go next door,” that God is not done with the people I have left behind. This week I am going to trust God’s work in the people I have been investing in. I will purposely look beyond my current spiritual investment and see if a door of “Presence” is open next door in a place that appears less spiritually receptive!