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Pricilla – Spreading the Seeds of the Gospel

Pricilla was a mover and a shaker and there wasn’t much dust that was settling under her feet.  She is mentioned with her husband Aquila, even their names make a great match.  They shared in everything, their business as tentmakers, their faithful friendship with Paul and eventually their passion for sharing the Gospel of Jesus.

Every Christian woman I know longs for this, serving the Lord alongside her husband.  Many women sit in churches all around the world with an empty seat beside them.  Pricilla was a blessed gal.

Pricilla and Aquila are the couple at church who are always holding hands, always sitting close, you rarely see one without the other.

We meet them in the book of Acts they along with all other Jewish people had been expelled from Rome by a mandate from Emperor Claudius.  This was just the beginning of the persecution of the Jews.  This would be the first move of many, for our tent making pair. Moving would become the story of their lives.  Mobile missionaries, willing to go where the Lord would lead them.

I envy mobile missionaries, they go when He says go, and stay when He says stay.  They live life in motion with the will of God. Carrying their cross, baring hardship for the Gospel… Big Faith.  I want Big Faith. Do you?

They meet Paul, also a tent maker, in Corinth, where Paul seeks them out.  By God’s direction Paul stays in Corinth for a year and a half preaching the Gospel.   Pricilla and Aquila hear the love letter of Jesus, from Paul who once was Saul, who once persecuted Christians.

Night after night, Pricilla and Aquila share meals with Paul as he shared with them his encounter with the Living God on the Road to Damascus…how he was changed, he told them about Jesus – the Living Gospel.  If the Gospel could change him – it could change anyone.  The seeds of the Gospel are planted deep within their hearts, they take root adventure begins.

The Lord directs Paul to leave and go to Syria, he does not go alone Pricilla and Aquila pull out their tent pegs and go with him.  Pricilla is a brave woman, on the road with two men.  The first stop Syria, then to Ephesus where she and Aquila settle, it is there that philosophy and worship of false god’s abound, correction must come.  Who better than a woman to bring correction.

They meet a man named Apollos who is busy preaching part of the Gospel, he knew up to a certain point.  I can just hear Pricilla, “Aquila, do you hear him?  What is happening?  He only knows part of the message, we need to set him straight.  Ask him over for dinner.”

Pricilla and Aquila have him over for a divine dinner date and they plant the entire Gospel into Apollos the seeds take root and he begins a planting of his own as he shares the Gospel with all who will listen.

Sometimes in life we will come across someone who just doesn’t know the entire Gospel for one reason or another.  It is a divine date, we must plant some seeds of our own, to complete the message.

A full circle comes around for our couple and we find them back in Rome, where they have church in their home.

I long for that kind of faith, where everything that is mine is the Lord’s.

Would I be willing to have church in my home? Think about all of the preparation, all of the cleaning after. 

In Romans Paul calls Pricilla and Aquila his co-workers, who risked their lives for him, so that he could continue to carry the Gospel to the Gentiles.

Would I risk my life for a missionary carrying the Gospel? 

                                         They lived their lives sold out… am I … are you?                                        

Would I have been a faithful friend, even during persecution, who Paul wrote his last letter to?

Pricilla and Aquila are at the top of the list.  Faithful friends, how their hearts must have been breaking as they read his letter.

I wonder how many times they read and re-read Paul’s charge.

Let’s read it …

In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom,

I give you this charge:  Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction.

At All Times

To Correct

To Rebuke

To Encourage

To be Patient and Prepared

 For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.

    To know the Truth and stick to the Truth no matter how often I am tempted to compromise

 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

 To Keep it Together, Endure, Preach the Gospel

It Will Be Hard Work

 For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near.  I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

 Be Willing to Be Poured Out – Our Life is an Offering

Fight the Good Fight

Finish Our Race

Keep the Faith – Finish Well

 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. 2 Timothy 4: 1-8

Such was the Life of Pricilla, she heard the Gospel and there was no looking back, she began spreading the seed.   She went wherever she was called it was hard; there were days when she was tired, fell into bed exhausted at the end of a day, she pressed on.

She gathered people in her home and preached the Truth, it was hard and it was work, she pressed on.

She was a faithful friend, in good times and bad, it was hard, and she pressed on.

She allowed her life to pour out before the Lord like a drink offering, she finished the race.  A crown of righteousness awaited her, when she met finally met the Jesus she had been telling everyone who would listen about.

When we meet Jesus face to face one day, will He have a crown in His hand?

Have we spread the Seeds of the Gospel?

Will our lives be poured out?

Have we fought the good fight?

   Will we have finished our race?        

 

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