We are continuing our look at some of the amazing women in the Bible and what we can learn from them. Today I have chosen to take a look at Lydia. Her story can be found in Acts 16:12-15, 40
Lydia lived in Philippi, a Roman colony in the district of Macedonia and the water in the area was known to make a brilliant purple dye for cloth. She was a business woman who dealt in the dying of purple cloth which were a very expensive commodity and in my reading about her I learned that she was very well off for single woman.
Besides being a business woman, Lydia also found time to worship God in her Jewish faith. While near the river bank in her daily time of prayer she meets Paul and it is written that as Paul shares about God that her heart is opened.
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. (Acts 16:14)
The scripture goes not to say that she and her household are baptized, and we can also see that she is a woman of hospitality. Paul says this about her and her household: 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 16:15)
In looking at Lydia I see some important lessons
- Lydia had heart that was open to the Lord and we should also have a heart that is open to hear from Him. I hope that you pray for God to give you a heart the always open to listen him.
- Lydia is a wonderful example of a woman who understands how to balance her job and her time with God. I think that for many of us, including myself it is easy to allow or time with God to take a back seat when life and its responsibilities get overwhelming. Whether you are career woman or a stay at home mom, make time for God daily.
- She is also an example of what it means to have the gift of hospitality. She opened her home to Paul more than once and shared what she had. I think that is a gifting the is very important and can easily get looked over in our churches because we focus on the other gifting. If your gifting is hospitality I hope you use it for the glory of God.
In reading about Lydia something else spoke to my heart and I want to share it with you before I close.
The very water that was so important in the dying of the purple cloth was also the same water that would be used to baptize her. Let me explain…”Purple’s rarity in nature and the expense of creating its dye gave it a great deal of prestige. It was the most expensive dye known to the ancient Israelites in the Bible. It was the color of choice for those of noble or royal birth or those who were high-level officials” -see biblestudy.org
As stated above, Purple is a royal color and the very water that gave the brilliant purple color to the cloth that provided for her financially is the same water that would baptize her as a daughter of the king of kings, Jesus Christ. That water and her faith in who Christ was would allow her to become an heir in Christ and part of the royal priesthood that is talked about in 1 Peter 2:9-10
I hope you are enjoying our look at the women of the bible in the Woman to Woman series. It is my hope that you will be able to apply lessons from the woman in this series to your own life.
Until next time, may you be Simply Blessed.
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