Tuesday 1 January, 2013

Acts 18:1-4

18 After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, who was a native of Pontus. Aquila had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla. The emperor Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see Aquila and Priscilla. 3 They were tentmakers, just as he was. So he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath day he went to the synagogue. He was trying to get both Jews and Greeks to believe in the Lord.

When Paul arrives in Corinth he is accommodated by rival tentmakers, a very open minded thing to do. Not only do they open their home

to him but they also add him to their staff. For whatever reason Paul is not seen to be a rival for their business

but an asset to their business.

The open minded hospitable attitude of Aquila and Priscilla made way for the Apostle Paul and as we read through Paul’s letters and the Book of Acts we come across them a number of times.

Hospitality makes a way in your life for God’s greatness. Aquila and Priscilla would have had no idea of the impact of opening their hearts, their business and their home to Paul, but it really made a difference for the Gospel. Hebrews 13:2 reminds us that by being hospitable we may even entertain angels.

Hospitality commonly costs very little but it makes a way for God and so we should practice

it as often as possible. Whether it is a cup of tea, or coffee, a meal or a listening ear, take the time to invite someone in.

Father help me to open my heart to people – even those I may find a little difficult to love at first glance!

Written by Ps. Richard Botta

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  1. David Newton says:

    The original meaning of the word ‘hospital’ was ‘a place of hospitality’. Therefore you could imply that ‘hospitality’ has healing properties for the receiver but I suspect the giver receives something as well.

    Thanks Richard, an excellent prompt for the holiday season!

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