Today is our last women of the Bible entry but please know there are SO many others to learn about. I encourage you to look through your Bible and find your favorite!
Today I’m going to talk about Lydia, and if you want to read her story, go to Acts 16.
Now, Lydia wasn’t someone who you’d look at and think, “She really needs Jesus.” I know we ALL need Jesus but Lydia sure looked like she was on top of everything in her life. She ran a successful business of dyeing clothing purple and sold it- it’s what made the city of Philippi famous back then. (I love purple and would totally buy her clothes.) She had a large house with plenty of space and servants to help her.
And she had God. She was already a devout practicing Jew who loved God and worshipped Him. But when Paul came to town spreading the news of Jesus, she listened. She was the first European convert to Christianity, and she set the example for everyone in her town.
Now we may look at someone like Lydia as a recently converted Christian and say, “Ok now it’s time to give all that money away to the poor.” And sometimes God did ask people to do just that!
But this time God had a different idea. Lydia came to Paul and said (and I’m paraphrasing), “Whenever you’re in town, whenever ANY of your friends are in town to preach God’s word, you come stay at my house. You’ll have a bed, plenty of food, and shelter. All for free. Any time.”
I don’t have to tell you that traveling the country as a missionary back then didn’t pay so well. This was a huge blessing to them! Her house was where Paul and Silas went STRAIGHT to after they got out of jail. They knew they’d be safe and welcomed. She used her spiritual gift of hospitality to bless others.
Girls you probably don’t have a thriving business or a huge house to offer to missionaries right now. Neither do I!
But what do you have? What character trait, what skill or hobby can you offer to the church or those around you to bless them? Let us know in the comments!
For me, I try very hard to have the spiritual gift of encouragement, and really listen and try to sympathize with what someone is going through. I try to say something that might be uplifting. I also LOVE to cook and bake, so I love bringing food for family events, or taking food to moms who just had a baby.
Ok enough about me! Let’s hear from you girls!