As his custom was, Paul went into the synagogue, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures
Paul is a great student of Jesus. He knows that some habits are good. And he learned this from the Teacher!
Jesus also had a custom of going to the synagogue on the Sabbath to read Scripture and teach the people!
Paul does what successful students of Jesus do. He pays attention to the Teacher. Not only what the Teacher says, but also what He does.
He learns that good habits are as strong and lasting as bad ones.
Often we think of habits as bad things – weakness, addiction, indulgence, sin! Perhaps everyone could name a few bad habits standing between them and a better way of living.
Bad habits are hard to break. But so are good habits!
Our Teacher doesn’t want us to do good haphazardly. He shows us how to make disciplined acts of goodness habitual, until we do them because it is who we are becoming. Until they become habit!
The Teacher shows us the way to a fuller life – the best life – is changing our habits. What is customary of us!
Here Paul reaps the positive rewards of his good habit.
Some…were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a large number of God-fearing Greeks and not a few prominent women.
By consciously disciplining ourselves to follow the example and teaching of Jesus, gradually we actually become more like Him.
Then it may be said of us – They followed Jesus as their custom was.