Leaving is as important as entering
Acts 17:33 “At that, Paul left the Council.”
Paul had understood their faith. He had understood their history. He knew the story of the unknown God. He knew about Epimenides of Crete and Aratus of Cilicia. He quoted these poets. He built bridges. He spoke of God the creator and the sustainer. He spoke of God the ruler and father of all and the judge. But when he spoke of Jesus the people didn’t want to hear, some did, but most didn’t. Others wanted him to finish what he was saying and they would listen again to him later.
So, what should he do?
Carry on building bridges?
Modify his message of Jesus and the resurrection?
If Paul couldn’t talk about Jesus then he didn’t want to waste his breath on anything else. Everything else was a build up to this one major point: Jesus!
Let’s talk about Jesus and if we cannot after all we have invested into the relationship then there is only one thing we should do. That is to leave.
Paul left at that. At what? At the point of being shut down.
We should all know when to exit as well as when to enter.
What is your exit strategy?