THEN, AS WELL AS NOW, the GOSPEL HAD and HAS LIFE-CHANGING EFFECTS!#LYDIA
Lydia Notes from my commentary in my bible.
The first actions of new believers often indicate how deeply they have understood and received the gift of salvation. The Christian life is a gift we continue to receive by sharing with others.
“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. 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.” Acts 16:14-15 NIV
Lessons from her life:
- God rewards those who honestly seek Him
- One of the marks of conversion is caring for others——physically and spiritually.
Luke described the first two steps in Lydia’s life as a disciple:
- She was baptized
She brought the rest of the members of her household to Paul and they apparently believed as well, because they were baptized as well. Lydia’s response was both INWARD and OUTWARD! She IMMEDIATELY understood that her new faith created all kinds of opportunities for PRACTICAL APPLICATION!
THEN, AS WELL AS NOW, the GOSPEL HAD and HAS LIFE-CHANGING EFFECTS!
MY RANDOM THOUGHTS:
Sometimes as believers especially at first, we desire, want, and crave to talk to anyone and everyone about the gospel of Jesus Christ. We want to preach to the masses about how much our Heavenly Father has done for us and that He could do the same for you. There is nothing wrong with that! I would encourage anyone to carry that fire and desire to preach the gospel to everyone whenever they can; but, one of the things that I got from Lydia’s story was she started in her own home first!
We all have family members that need to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. All though we know that God’s Word can change anyone’s life who accepts it and we all know how much the world needs to hear the Good News. A great starting point could be in our own homes.
Then after extending the Good News to immediate family, then maybe cousins, nieces, nephews, friends could be next. By starting at home the message of Jesus Christ is put into action. Whoever is saved and confesses Jesus Christ as their Lord, repents for their sins might take the Good News of Jesus Christ into their homes. They might take the Good news to their friends, co-workers and so on and so on.
Guess what?!!! …… by you starting at home with one act of faith, the message of Jesus Christ still could be spread to the masses in the world. Job well did!
All of Lydia’s story in Acts 16:11-40 could and should apply to our life as Christian’s today.
Practical application is a must for our walk with God. We have to walk it like we talk it. In the parable of the Sheep and the goats in Matthew 25:31-46. The scriptures explain how the real evidence of our belief is the way we act. What we do for others demonstrates what we really think about Jesus, and our Lord and Savior always leaves us windows of opportunity to apply PRACTICAL APPLICATION!
Sooooooooooo…….. Lydia heard the message, was saved by the Word of God, and then took action!
“I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.’” Matthew 25:43 NIV
Food for thought: “Comments would be awesome!”
When was the last time God allowed you to use PRACTICAL APPLICATION in your Christian walk?