Living in 3D:
Scripture Reading: Acts 16:11-15
Key Verse: 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 worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.
When we read the story of the early church, we realize there are many stories within this story. Today we are studying the interaction of the Apostle Paul, and his traveling companion Silas, with a woman in a town called Thyatira. Paul and Silas were taking a walk outside this town, on the Sabbath looking for a place to pray. They ran into a group of women. They began to talk to them and find out these women’s stories. One of the women was a dealer in purple cloth. They asked enough questions to know that she was a worshiper of God. It is also obvious from this story that Paul concluded they had not heard of Jesus and that they could be baptized in Jesus’ name. Lydia and her household believed and were baptized that day!
The point I want you to consider is the Apostle Paul discovered Lydia’s story, her life situation. He listened to her, discovering where she was in her understanding of God. Then, after discovering her story and situation, he shared Jesus with her.
Everybody has a story. Some are more dramatic than others, but everyone has a story that has led them to their present life situation and beliefs. If we discover those stories, we probably will see opportunities to interject some seeds of the Gospel. If we listen more than we talk, we can discern where the person needs direction.
Father, help me to be a good listener. Grant me a discerning mind to understand people’s situations and where they are with you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.