Daily Meditations Published by IT Fellowship of North America & Europe Diocese of Mar Thoma Church
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
LYDIA AS A ROLE MODEL Acts
16:11-15 One of those listening was a woman from the city
of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshipper
of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul's message.(Acts
Trusting that God was leading them to Macedonia, Paul and
his companions came to Philippi and on the Sabbath, preached to a group
of women who regularly gathered for prayer at the riverside. Lydia Becomes a Believer: One of the women,
who listened to Paul's message, was Lydia. Even though she was known as a
"worshiper of God", she was not a Christian. Despite her many
success as a renowned businesswomen, she had a real hunger for the Lord.
In spite of all her business obligations, she faithfully and regularly
attended the prayer meetings at the riverside. When Lydia listened to the
Gospel preached by Paul, the Lord opened her heart. Lydia knew that it
was not enough just to listen to the Word, she must heed to what she had
heard. She received Christ as her Savior. In fact, Lydia was Paul's first
convert in Europe Lydia's Reaction to her Conversion: As
evidence of Lydia's obedience to Paul's message, she and all the members
of her household were baptized. She continued to follow God's will in her
life. It was her desire to be considered as a believer in the Lord. (Acts
16:15) As a result of her transformation, she showed hospitality to Paul
and his companions by inviting them to stay at her home for the ministry
of Christ. Later we see that Paul and Silas went to Lydia's house, when
they were released from the prison, where they met with the brothers and
encouraged them. (Acts 16:40)
When St. Paul wrote letter to the Philippians, we can rest assured that
Lydia was included in the salutations (all the saints in Christ Jesus at
Philippi) (Phil.1:1), and also included in the mention of the gifts the
Philippians had sent for their aid..(Phili.4: 15-18). Lessons we can emulate from Lydia's Life.
faithfulness in being part of a prayer meeting by the riverside
despite her busy secular responsibilities.
mental acumen and acceptance of true Gospel of Christ when she heard
generosity in opening her home for the ministry of Christ.
never lacked zeal in performing her business.
kept her spiritual fervor and served the Lord.
God, give us your grace to embrace the path showed to us by
godly men and women. Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A woman of faith is a blessing to the home. Christian
Education Forum, Diocese of NAE of the Mar Thoma Church