Paul entered the synagogue and spoke boldly there for three months, arguing persuasively about the kingdom of God. But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus. This went on for two years, so that all the Jews and Greeks who lived in the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord.
Paul shows up in Ephesus ready to do his thing for Jesus. Surprise, it doesn’t go well at first. People refused to believe in spite of Paul’s persuasive description of God’s kingdom. So, Paul packs up and splits! Ah, no that’s not how it happened is it? Paul didn’t bail. He made one small change. One small change can bring breakthrough in our lives. One small tweak can cause a huge difference. Think of how important Paul’s work in Ephesus was…what would have happened if Paul had wiped the dust off his feet and moved on? He certainly seemed to have a right to do that. Instead he switched locations and for two more years he pushed so that all the Jews and the Greeks heard the word of the Lord. Was it a different word than he was sharing at first in the synagogue? Was he more persuasive in his arguments in the lecture hall of Tyrannus? I don’t think so. One small change, let’s try it. One thing, can you think of one small doable thing that you might change in your life to further Christ’s work in you and through you? Two simple steps:
- Think it.
- Do it.