Be sent always
“As soon as it was night, the believers sent Paul and Silas away to Berea. On arriving there, they went to the Jewish synagogue.”
I am sure they didn’t want Paul, Silas and the team to leave. This was not a commissioning service. There was still so much more that the fledgling church of Thessalonica needed. Paul would have to mentor them by letter because he couldn’t stay.
Sometimes you cannot stay. Sometimes you have to leave. Others need you to exit because if you stay it will become untenable for them to continue. There are times you have to leave people behind. Your heart may be with them and you may still write letters (or email!) to encourage, but you have to go.
Paul and Silas sneaked away at night, out of sight from the enemy. There was no grand ceremony, they just said goodbye and went.
Today I wake to day 2 of our missionary conference. These delegates know what it is to say goodbye. Missionary work is a life of goodbyes, sometimes a party is held, other times it is just a decision that has to be made quietly.
What happened to Paul and Silas? They went to the synagogue as was their way of life. They started there again. They continued in the work. They were not phased nor were they sulking that their time had been cut short. They continued.
So say your goodbyes and keep moving. Be sent always.