Open your Hearts to receive Lord

Acts 16:13-15, 13 On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. 14 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. 15 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.

There are three things that can be seen about Lydia.

1.She was a believer: Paul says that Lydia was a believer. But why does he say so?? There were other women also along with Lydia. He must experienced something different about Lydia in the way she spoke and conducted herself. There is devotion to God only if there is faith in God. Ezra 8:22,…“The gracious hand of our God is on everyone who looks to him, but his great anger is against all who forsake him.”

Proverbs 31:30, 30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

This proves right when it comes to Lydia, there were other women with her but only her name is praised. We say leaves are green, flowers are red, blue or pink in colour. That flower has better fragrance than this one. This is how we describe colours and fragrance or qualities. There are many colours in a person, they are devotion, faith, dedication and transformation. Proverbs 14:26, 26 Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,and for their children it will be a refuge.

Isaiah 33:6, He will be the sure foundation for your times,
    a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge;
    the fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure
.

2.The Lord opened her heart: Paul spoke to the women gathered there near the river. the Lord opened only Lydia’s heart. She desired to hear what Paul had to say and she accepted it all into her soul. The all seeing Lord, saw her hear and fulfilled her hear desire. Lydia persuaded them to come to her home.

3.She received them in her home in the name of the Lord: Lydia was a good host. She was not just a home maker but she was also a dealer in purple cloth. In today’s world, we have limited ourselves to me and my family. Hebrews 13:2, Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

1 Timothy 2:9-10, I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God.

Jesus had said to His disciples Luke 10:5-9, “When you enter a house, first say, ‘Peace to this house.’ If someone who promotes peace is there, your peace will rest on them; if not, it will return to you. Stay there, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the worker deserves his wages. Do not move around from house to house. “When you enter a town and are welcomed, eat what is offered to you. Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 

There is very little written about Lydia in the Bible. But what is written is applicable to women even today. Lydia is an ideal example of how a lady of the house can lead the way towards developing and strengthening faith in the Lord. She was alone when she listened to the preaching of Paul. But she led in faith such that her whole household was baptized. How many women today pay attention to the developing and building a relationship with the Lord?? How many help their children to grow in the words of God?? In today’s scenario it is important to self introspect our households. We have so many facilities at home that were not there earlier. How much do these really help/assist in our homes??? Let us not be like Job’s wife. Job 2:9-10,

His wife said to him, “Are you still maintaining your integrity? Curse God and die!”

10 He replied, “You are talking like a foolish woman. Shall we accept good from God, and not trouble?” In all this, Job did not sin in what he said.

May our hearts and soul also transform and open up to hear and accept the words of God like Lydia.

AMEN.

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