Lydia: A Woman With Kingdom Passion
In Acts 16:11-15, we read about a business woman named Lydia. Please allow me to share some Biblical principles from Lydia's life:
1. God supernaturally changed Apostle Paul's direction to get to her and others in Macedonia (Acts 16:6-10). Lydia was their *first* encounter, a meeting that took place down by the riverside. Sending Paul to Macedonia also led to his imprisonment, a sacrifice he was willing to make.
2. God noticed her worship. In verse 13, we learn the riverside is where people would go to pray. In verse 14, the Bible tells us Lydia worshipped God. In verse 15 Lydia says, "If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord." God sees our faith.
3. God opened her heart to receive salvation. The Holy Spirit moves in hearts when God's Word is being taught. He has a lot to do with helping us know the Lord, allowing us to experience conviction. Lydia was water baptized along the river.
4. Her whole household was saved. Her household could have included those under her employment, employees who also received Christ and were baptized. Someone called to leadership in business, politics, community, ministry, or otherwise often will see their blessing spilling out to those around them.
5. Lydia was passionate about hosting the Apostle Paul. Verse 15 says that Lydia begged to host the Apostle in his travels. Paul and Silas needed a place to stay, and God used Lydia to provide it for a time. God will use people in business to finance the Gospel. Lydia lived her life like so many, but she is mentioned in the Bible for her faith and her giving towards kingdom purpose.
Like Lydia, God will move mountains to get to us*. Like the song, "There's no shadow He won't light up, mountain He won't climb up, coming after me. There's no wall He won't kick down, lie He won't tear down, coming after me." God knows when someone has a hunger in their heart, and He satisfies our hunger to know Him.
Like Lydia, God will bless those around us because of our faith. Your staff, your clients, your vendors, and your community can be blessed by your influence.
Like Lydia, God will bless you so you can be a blessing* to care for the ministry leaders that are willing to face difficulty to obey God and answer their call to get to you and others like you. I believe God will promote and expand the business leader who honors God and invests in His kingdom.
May God bless you for your heart for Him. May God bless you for all you do for your family, your employees, your community, your church, and His kingdom. Let's give God all the glory for what He is doing in us and through us! "Won't He do it?" Yes, He will!