Acts 18:7 “Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshipper of God.”
Paul had decided he wasn’t going to waste any more time on people who refused to journey with him.
Since his conversion and the start of his ministry (Acts 9:20) on entering a city or town he would first head towards the synagogue.
It was his way of doing things.
But even the best made plans can be changed. We should operate far more with the understanding of the seasons of life. We should understand the times we live in so that we can know what to do (1 Chronicles 12:32). Some of the best plans are outdated plans. They were for then not for now.
So what does Paul do and more importantly where does he go?
That is how far away you can be for the next chapter of your life.
The familiar could be your next move, your next appointment, your next job and your next best friend.
Ttitus Justus, a Roman Christian and possibly the same man as Gaius mentioned in Romans 16:23 opened his home for Paul to preach the gospel. Going to worship in this Gentile house would mean that Paul and the Christians would pass the synagogue crowd in the street. Sometimes you have to learn to have your past in your present. There is nothing you can do about that and the secret is to know it isn’t your problem. Your past didn’t want you, it refused to come with you, it wanted other things but you are moving forward and every day your past will be reminded by your present that you have found a way to live, you have adapted, changed, you have not become a monument to the past.
Maybe today you need to look next door?!