Each Sabbath found Paul at the synagogue, trying to convince the Jews and Greeks alike. And after Silas and Timothy came down from Macedonia, Paul spent all his time preaching the word. He testified to the Jews that Jesus was the Messiah. But when they opposed and insulted him, Paul shook the dust from his clothes and said, “Your blood is upon your own heads—I am innocent. From now on I will go preach to the Gentiles.”
Then he left and went to the home of Titius Justus, a Gentile who worshiped God and lived next door to the synagogue. Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized.
Acts of the Apostles 18:4-8 NLT
Paul and his team arrived in Corinth—one of the major cities in Greece. Jews were living in that area, so Paul started by preaching to them in the synagogue. They rejected his message and verbally attacked Paul. So, Paul did what Jesus said we should do, shake off the dust and move on to another group of people.
Sometimes God calls us to “move on” to those who are receptive to the message. Paul’s work in Corinth was one of the longest of his missionary work—he stayed for at least 18 months. The Church in Corinth becomes the basis for two of Paul’s letters in the New Testament—First and Second Corinthians. These were letters he would write to them after he left. Letters that offered direction and correction and are helpful to us today as well.
Sharing the gospel with others will not always be received. So, instead of trying to force the issue, we should simply move on to someone God has already been preparing.
I believe there are people in our neighborhoods, on our jobs, in our schools, or somewhere around us that He has been preparing for us to be the bridge between them and God. We are His agents to bring light into a dark world.
I don’t believe everyone is called to preach. But everyone is called to share their faith in Jesus through their personal testimony. Just showing people we care often opens the door.
Father God, please help me to see those in my world that You have placed here for me to be Your bridge. Help me to be bold and loving at the same time.
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