Look what can happen when you move on!
Acts 18:8 “Crispus, the synagogue leader, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard Paul believed and were baptised.”
Paul had announced, “From now on I will go to the Gentiles!” and no sooner had he changed his focus that the Jewish synagogue leader and his household received Christ! Paul would later baptise him (1 Corinthians 1:14).
Was Paul demonstrating reverse psychology? If only that was true it would be fun! In order to try to see conversions to Christ we do the opposite and try to not convert them. Actually we have probably been trying to do this for too long!
It does seem strange though that after Paul walked away from the synagogue that its leader then believed and became a follower of Christ. What could this mean?
- The Spirit may lead you away but remain to continue the work that you have done.
- You are often just a part of someone’s journey and you may have left before they convert.
- Deciding to move forward may result in forcing the issue of decision. Crispus had no one to debate with now Paul had left. He just had to make a decision one way or the other.
- Live your life in such a way that when you go next door that you leave something of you behind. After shave and perfume remain in a room even when the person wearing it has left.
- If you change your focus and you move forward into a new chapter then it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to forget those behind you, they are still important and may even play a part in your new day. Your focus changes but maybe your connections remain.