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11/07/2013

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A Lesson From Lydia


"On the Sabbath, we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God" (Acts 16:13-14)

We've probably all heard or read these verses about a woman named Lydia. It seems like she was a successful business person, being a dealer of purple cloth from Thyatira. Thyatira was quite a ways from Philippi where Paul and Silas were. Odds say that Lydia was a person of means, because we find in the next verses that she had a home large enough to have people stay with her. Despite the fact that she was a successful person, she obviously was missing something in her life. For this reason, she was with some other women gathered by the river to learn more about God. Like Cornelius, she was a Gentile person who believed in the true God and probably followed the moral teachings of the scriptures. Lydia had found herself some new friends to hang out with. They more than likely were not business associates, but women who felt the same sense of longing for the truth that Lydia did. Hanging out with God's people wasn't easy for Lydia and her friends in Philippi. In fact, the reason they were meeting by the river was because there was no synagogue in Philippi. To thicken the plot, Jews were not exactly the most popular folks in the Roman society they were in. A wonderful lesson I get from this successful business woman is that she had her priorities in order. As a business person she might have asked herself; "How will my hanging out with these people affect business?" "How will my popular customers feel about my new friends?" If these things crossed her mind, it is not found here.. "The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message. When she and her household were baptized, she invited us into her home. If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come stay at my house. And she persuaded us" (V15). Lydia found out what people have been coming to know for centuries as Jesus' words ring true..."For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened" (Matt.7:8). What a great lesson... God speaks... Lydia responds...

Have a great day... Make your little part of the world better... Love mark Phil.4:11

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