DAY – 15 Can Husbands and Wives be a Team for Christ?
READ: Acts 18:1-3, 18-19, 24-26
Have you ever met a dynamic duo for Christ? You know the kind, that husband and wife team that just seem to have an incredible ministry–together. And you think, How do they do that?
When Paul met Priscilla and Acquilla, he must have had a similar feeling. The two impressed him so much that he not only partnered with them, when they got to Ephesus (in Greece) he left them at one of his churches! While they were there, the couple encountered a fiery preacher with a good heart and an amazing knowldege of the Scriptures. Unfortunately, the man, Apollos, didn’t have the Gospel message quite right. The humble husband and wife team however didn’t insult or correct the man by calling him out in public. Instead, they simply took him into their home and gave him, as they say, the rest of the story.
How Does that Apply to me? There is power in a godly couple. They can be a team that opens their hearts and their home not only to reach people with the Gospel, but to disciple and mentor them as well. But there’s more to this story than just that point. What we can all take away from these verses are how Priscilla and Aquilla handled this particular situation with grace. When we come across folks that aren’t quite up to speed spiritually, or, when we perhaps deal with those who don’t handle something the way we feel they ought to, let’s be willing to step back, pull them aside and in love walk with them toward the goal.
Acts: 18:26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
Praying Together: Let’s ask God for the grace to come alongisde folks who may have good intentions but who may not have the ways of the Lord just quite right yet. In addition, let’s ask for wisdom in how best to handle those situations.