In Acts 18, we get a brief glimpse into the story of someone I cannot wait to meet in heaven, Crispus. He is only mentioned twice in the Bible, but these snapshots paint a very inspiring picture. The first time we hear about him is while Paul and his team are starting a church in Corinth, 8 Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and everyone in his household believed in the Lord. Many others in Corinth also heard Paul, became believers, and were baptized. Acts 18:8 (NLT) This is a big, BIG deal. As the synagogue leader, Crispus carried significant influence in Corinth. For him to investigate Paul’s claim of Jesus being the long-awaited Messiah was one thing, but to determine it was true and become a follower… that was scandalous! The second time Crispus is mentioned, is in 1 Corinthians 1:14. He was one of just a few, who were brave enough to be baptized by Paul. (1 Corinthians 1:14) Soon after he was baptized, he lost his position in the synagogue, which we learn in Acts 18:17.
We don’t know any more definite information about Crispus, but these two references are more than enough to be inspired by him. He was a man that valued truth over tradition, conviction over comfort, and was willing to stand up for what he believed, even though it carried a high price. Crispus could have decided to be a “closet follower”, maintaining his position and status, like many do to preserve their comfort and lifestyle. However, Jesus says that if we truly believe in Him, our behavior should be clear evidence. Those who are followers, choose to put God first in their daily lives, and have a pattern of obeying God regardless of the consequences. We don’t obey to earn God’s love, we obey because of it.