Serving Jesus in Our Community

Bible Notes

Acts 16:13-15 (25.06.18)

Acts 16: 13-15
13 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. 14 One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. 15 When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.

Here we have a lovely story of Christian hospitality and an immediate response to Christ coming into a life. Lydia responded to God’s call; she and her entire household were baptised and straight away she began to minister with a sincere and insistent invitation to Paul and his party to be her guest. We must never underestimate the power of the Spirit and the effects on others of Christian love as expressed through a simple act of genuine hospitality because that is very persuasive.

Lord give me a spirit of hospitality so that in this simple way I can show the love of Jesus to others.

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