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Acts 16

Acts 16

“One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, ‘If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.’ And she prevailed upon us.” Acts 16:14-15

Paul was on a missionary journey traveling by both foot and boat. His travels eventually lead him to the city of Philippi, a prominent city in the Macedonian region. On the Sabbath day, Paul found himself outside the riverside gate where he met a young lady named Lydia, who was from the city of Thyatira. Straight way after hearing the gospel, she immediately opened her heart to the gospel and she, along with her whole household, were baptized.

Eventually, Lydia opened up her home to the apostles and began to follow the Christian faith. Not much is known of her except that she was the ‘seller of purple.’ Historically, those involved in that marketplace, where usually wealthy and held some form of economic stature. Despite Lydia’s likely wealth, she realized what she was lacking. No matter what wealth a person may obtain, it doesn’t fulfill our greatest need; the salvation of the soul. Lydia understood this early and didn’t hesitate to embrace the gospel. Thereafter, she was quick to open her home to other Christians.

Soldier, remember the time you first heard the voice of your Commander, the lord Jesus? Were you quick to receive the gospel and be on fire? The lord desires for us to move on from our confession to working for the Lord. Lydia offered her home as a servitude unto the Lord. Are we doing the same to help our fellow Christian brothers and sisters?  May God give us the heart to move on from our salvation and serve our brothers and sisters as the Lord would see fit.