Posted by: peebles | September 9, 2011

Acts 16:14 ~ One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshipper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.

As the apostle Paul was on his travels, he went into the city on the Sabbath to find a place of prayer, no doubt directed by the Holy Spirit on were to sit. As Paul sat down, along came Lydia, by a Divine appointment. Notice, she was also at the place of prayer, because she was a religious worshipper and follower of God. As she listened, her religion turned into a relationship with Jesus Christ, for the Lord opened her heart to respond to the preaching of the gospel. Not only did she give her life to Jesus Christ, but she was also baptised, and then she invited Paul and his companions to her house for fellowship.

Lydia was a very successful business woman, who had excellent administration skills. Not only did she sell quality clothes, but she purchased products for her stock. It is also very interesting to note that the Bible calls her, a woman, specifically by name.

Lydia was the hinge which opened the door for the gospel in Asia. From there, the gospel spread like wild fire by way of all the cloth industry and silk routes which brought caravans carrying royal robes, which were made exclusively from purple cloth.

God is calling men and woman, young and old, from all walks of life. We may never know how much God can use us for His glory and who we can reach and touch with the powerful message of the gospel. We can be the hinge which opens the door for the gospel to be spread into our place of work, our work trade. Just as Lydia listened and let faith arise in her heart, so as we start to talk about Jesus to whosoever we meet may God allow their hearts to be receptive to the message of the gospel. May we be obedient enough to go where God wants us to go, at His Divinely appointed time and sit beside, stand beside or even walk beside someone and tell them about Jesus.

My friend, Lydia was a worshipper of God, but now she could worship God in Spirit and in truth. Now, she did not have a religion, but a relationship with the Living God. She then opened up not only her heart to the gospel, but also her home. All the business associates which she knew before she received Jesus Christ as her Lord and Saviour were now Divine appointments to sit down with and share the gospel with. If God called a business woman in the professional fabric trade to reach Asia with the gospel of Jesus Christ, then what can God use you to do for Him?

May we be like Paul, ready to be at the right place, at the right time, ready to share the gospel message, given by a Divine appointment from God. If we would do so, then who knows what part in God’s end-time harvest of souls we may be play. We need only to be ready and willing.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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