Our lady this week is an awesome example of teamwork. Whether we're married or single, young or old, we are part of the team that is tasked with spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ! Am I right?
(I see your heads nodding.)
This week's lady is called Priscilla. And we find her story in the book of Acts. This is the first place that she and her husband are mentioned. Let's look at chapter 18:
This book is known as "Acts," or "the Acts of the Apostles." But I think we would be more accurate, more to the point, if we said this book was about the Acts of the Holy Spirit. Are we in agreement? (Grin)
We see in these pages men and women who were not superstars. Not highly educated. Not popular. Not wealthy. Not powerful. But they accomplish mighty things!
And this couple we meet in the passage above were ordinary people, too. Here's the difference that made their lives exciting, and made them extraordinary: they were willing to be used by God. They were perfectly willing to "pull together" with others, to accomplish God's work.
Verses 2 and 3 in chapter 18 mention that they were husband and wife, and also that they were tent-makers. They were personal friends of Paul, and labored with him:
Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: (Romans 16:3)
They were "sold out" for God; they were so fully invested in His work that the local believers called Priscilla and Aquila's home their church.
The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house. (I Corinthians 16:19)And we know that at some point, they had risked their own lives for Paul and the other believers.
Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.(Romans 16:4)Wow!
These were not super-saints. They had no fan club. They were not featured on the cover of any magazines for their efforts. They were not like Paul, or Peter; they had different gifts. But they were willing to pull together. They were willing to serve.
We can learn a lot this week from them!