The art of being heard has a lot to do with having something to say that people want to hear.
As Paul and Barnabas were leaving, the people kept urging them to tell them the same things the next Sabbath.
They didn’t have agents booking them, they didn’t wish they could get into the public speaking game… People just wanted to hear what they had to say.
When the meeting of the synagogue broke up, many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, who kept talking to them and urging them to continue in the grace of God.
They didn’t have to rally followers or find supporters. People just followed them around.
The next Sabbath almost the whole town gathered to hear the word of the Lord.
The what?! This made me laugh out loud. The whole town.
But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to object to the statements made by Paul and even to abuse him.
Paul and Barnabas just talked about what God told them. If people wanted to hear it, they did, if they drew a crowd, they did; if they wanted to kick them out of town, they did. The results are up to God. Always.