ABC Bible Character Faith Series

Come and stay in my house – A worshiper and an entrepreneur

Lessons from Lydia by Michelle C.

We come across Lydia in Acts 16 when Paul was looking for a special place for prayer. Lydia among other women gathered by the city gate to the river where Paul sat down and talked with them. Right timing! 

Let’s have a mini-biography of Lydia. Lydia’s job was selling purple cloth. In short, she was an entrepreneur in Thyatira. Not only was Lydia an entrepreneur but she was also perceived as a worshipper of the true God. I love how Luke the writer, ensures we know that your girl was not only a businesswoman but a worshiper of the true God. Let’s look into the aspects of Lydia.

  • Worshiper

While Lydia was described as a worshipper, it is important to understand who a worshipper is. Worship in the Bible is described to be in line with expressions of songs and praise.  However, worship is not limited to singing but is also described as service (Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia). It can be hard, but rewarding, work of serving God. 

In the Bible, we see the priests described as worshipping the Lord by serving in the tabernacle/temple (Exodus 40:1-38; Lev. 8:1-36; Isaiah 19:12; etc.). And Jesus also responded to Satan saying “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve’.” – Matthew 4:10

Lydia lived a lifestyle of service to God. The one true God. Society will often say you can’t be a businesswoman and still worship. Well, you can serve God in your business or job too. We are called to serve God in everything we do. 

  • A listener 

I really want to be as focused as Lydia. Sometimes I can barely finish a conversation without getting into another. 

Because Lydia listened to Paul, God opened her heart to accept what he was saying, which was the word of God. There is a famous quote that states, ‘you become what you listen to’. Well if we take this literally, Lydia listened to Paul and she and her household became baptized! What are you listening to? 

Listening can sound like a very easy task but it also requires attention and focus. James reminds us ‘to be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger’. 

Lydia had met Paul for the first time. When we listen to others, (even when we’ve just met them) it shows respect and that we value what the speaker has to say. It also shows that the person is important to you and you are humbling yourself. If Lydia was not listening to Paul, she would not have had that wonderful experience of God opening her heart.

Sometimes we just can’t wait for someone to finish talking so that we also talk. But oftentimes, God wants us to listen and allow Him to open our hearts.

  • A Host

You can’t hang with Lydia and not become a believer. Wherever Lydia was, there were believers. You can’t mention Lydia without mentioning her home. 

Growing up, many of us were told “don’t talk to strangers” and many parents warn their children that strangers can be bad people. I learnt recently in my life that some strangers are sent by God. Today I tell you the opposite, welcome the strangers and trust God with your home.

Lydia showed hospitality to believers. Her home was their home type of thing. Such that When Paul and Silas left the prison, they returned to the home of Lydia. There they met with the believers, encouraged them once more and then left town.  (Acts 16:40). 

The Bible has many examples of people that entertained angels because of how welcoming they were! I want to be that welcoming that I engage with people of the Lord. That the Lord trusts me to even send His people to my home.

The same way Christ welcomed Lydia, is the same way she welcomed the apostles into her home. In fact, Paul writes it this way, “Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” – Romans 15:7. Lydia met the needs of the believers and showed hospitality. She had faith to invite people into her home. She worshipped God in this way.

There are times were we grumble because we do not want people in our homes. I have been challenged by people in the Bible such as Lydia, on how important it is to open your home to believers. If possible persuade them as Lydia did.

Welcome that stranger into your home with joy. Serve them just as God has done for you. Make your home their home. Have faith that you are inviting messengers of God into your home. Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” 

I do not know what your job or business is, whether it is selling clothing or working as an engineer. You can still worship God, listen to people and welcome them into your home. 

Today I challenge you to welcome believers into your home. Happy welcoming! 🙂

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Kayendeke Martha

March 24, 2023

It’s a good lesson ☺️ I want to keep being like Lydia

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Lauretta

March 26, 2023

May God enable you to indeed be like her! Thanks, Martha!

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Geraldine

March 24, 2023

I have really been blessed by today’s sharing

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Geraldine

March 24, 2023

Lydia’s character has really amused me l have loved every bit of her story. May God enable us be good listeners, true worshippers and good hosts

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Lauretta

March 26, 2023

Amen!!! Thank you for your time, Geraldine!

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Babirye Irene Nassamula

March 25, 2023

Blessings to you all, thanks for sharing

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Lauretta

March 26, 2023

Thank you for your time, Irene!

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