When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. (Acts 18:26)
Her eyes brimmed as she listened to the conversation next to her. She had been praying for fruit from her efforts for a year. She knew God had called her to invest time and energy into this young lady, but for a while she wasn’t sure there was any fruit growing at all.
There had been late nights and long afternoons helping with her young friend’s children. They’d had tough conversations about doubt and encouraging ones about faith. She had felt joy every time a lightbulb seemed to come on in the young woman’s eyes.
Now, as they sat in this coffee shop with a third friend, a new conversation was unfolding that was rich in faith and Scripture and love. The young disciple was turning around to disciple another. This was what all those late nights and long afternoons had been about.
Before Jesus left the disciples, he had instructed them to go into all the world to share the gospel. Because we were created for community, we know that God’s design is for us to share the good news within our relationships. And relationships simultaneously require sacrifice and give opportunity for hospitality. Priscilla and Aquila opened their home to Apollos as an act of love and of investment. Their desire was to see him turn around and fully invest in others with the truth and love of Jesus.
Think of ways to be hospitable by sharing life and truth.
Elizabeth Rhyno is a wife, mom, and pastor of relational arts at Waterline [Wesleyan] Church. Elizabeth chooses to pursue the Lord and lean into his heart for community.
© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.