Reading: Acts 16: 13-15
When Paul and company arrive in Philippi, they go down to the river because they think it may be a place to pray. The city has no synagogue or church. They find some women there praying and they strike up a conversation with them. God is continuing to guide and lead Paul as he continues to work to spread the gospel.
It turns out these women are praying to God, so they are open to hearing Paul’s witness about Jesus. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, Paul’s words hit home in one of the women’s hearts. Lydia and her household believe and are baptized into Christ. This encounter leads her to open her home to these traveling evangelists. Lydia provides the base of operations from which Paul and companions can continue to share the gospel.
Each day of our lives God and the Holy Spirit lead us to opportunities to share our faith in Jesus Christ with others. Every day. It may be that our faithful witness comes simply through how we live our lives. Those around us experience Jesus simply by being in our company. At other times we are called to verbally witness to our faith. One of those who have been observing may finally ask by we are so loving, caring, compassionate… Or maybe one is finally open to the conversation we have tried to start a few times and God leads us in the witnessing to our faith.
There are many people searching for meaning in and a center for their lives. God is the only one who can truly fill these needs in us and only He can bring true contentment, peace, understanding, … Paul’s vision was of a man calling him to Macedonia. When he arrived, God placed Lydia before him. Paul was faithful to minister to who God placed before him. May we too be willing to minister to whomever God places before us and to witness to our faith to any and all that God brings our way.