The old saying goes, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Now, while, when it comes to faith in God, you really need only one basket (excuse me for that reference for the Almighty!), when it comes to opportunities, avenues, means for reaching out to others in faith, you need different baskets; for one size never fits all when it comes to such ultimate personal matters.
See, Paul went to Corinth, and followed his pattern of preaching in the synagogue, reaching out to fellow Jews. Having found a partner sharing both his ethnicity and occupation, he stayed with Aquila, a Jewish refugee recently come from Rome, and his wife Prisca. Every sabbath, we are told, he would try to convince both Jews and Greeks.
The time came when, after the arrival of Silas and Timothy, Paul ”shook the dust from his clothes” and moved on. Where to? The house of Justus just next door to a synagogue! There, “ Crispus, the official of the synagogue, became a believer in the lord, together with all his household”. Surely, the setting made a difference. Paul’s preaching was more effective in terms of the intended result of reaching persons with the message of the gospel. What didn’t work in the synagogue next door, met with success in the family house next door.
This reading makes me a somewhat sympathetic towards persons who leave the churches where they worshipped for years and move on to try something new because they feel that their former home church is not effective in reaching others, and sometimes unwilling to embrace what they perceive to be acceptable means for reaching others. They become impatient and want to try something else, which might not be a bad thing, since God is always doing a new thing.
Sow in the morn thy seed, at eve hold not thine hand;
To doubt and fear give thou no heed, broadcast it o’er the land.
Beside all waters sow, the highway furrows stock;
drop it where thorns and thistles grow, scatter it on the rock.
The good, the fruitful field expect not here nor thee
O’er hills and dales by plots ‘tis found
Go forth, then, everywhere.