I love how God used women in the bible to change everything. I want to live as Lydia did, with a heart that seeks and courage that changes life for those around me...
One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.
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In Acts 16: 11- 40 we learn of Paul and Silas' arrival in Phillippi. There they met Lydia. We can suppose she was a wealthy woman because she was a business woman who sold wonderful fabric. I imagine her as a person of great influence. A strong woman with a full schedule.
She was also a spiritual seeker. She didn't know much about God and nothing of Jesus. But as she waited outside a prayer gathering on the Sabbath, God rewarded her faithful belief and interest in learning more. He blessed her with a strategic meeting by introducing her to Paul.
Lydia heard Paul's message and accepted Christ into her heart. And despite the danger of doing so, she brought her entire household to hear the message. As a result? Everyone of them was baptized.
Ordinary woman, doing extraordinary things. The first convert to Christianity in Phillippi...
Our challenge today is to live like Lydia.
What opportunities do we have to seek with an open heart like hers?
What connections will we make where we can share the gift of salvation with others?
The bible teaches us when we live boldly, sharing the gift of our Christian life with others more blessings will be ours. Today, I pray we live boldly, seeking Christ, full of faith and compassion for others.
I hope you have a wonderful day today! Peace be with you.
So true...great challenge, Michelle. Ordinary women doing extraordinary things through Christ. Bless you,ReplyDelete
Thank you for your encouragement, Gail! I've so enjoyed getting to know you better and learning from your amazing posts!ReplyDelete
I love the story of Lydia. Thanks for sharing over at Haven of Rest almost two weeks ago. I am behind the curve that is for sure!! Life too off in a wonderful way and blogging wasn't part of it :-) Hope to see you linking up this Wednesday again. I enjoy reading your posts and this is one way to make sure I do ;-)ReplyDelete