Acts, Daring Faith in Action, Devotional, Series

Acts 18:19-28 (“Daring Faith in Action” Devotional)

19 And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews. 20 When they asked him to stay for a longer period, he declined. 21 But on taking leave of them he said, “I will return to you if God wills,” and he set sail from Ephesus. 22 When he had landed at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church, and then went down to Antioch. 23 After spending some time there, he departed and went from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. 27 And when he wished to cross to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he greatly helped those who through grace had believed, 28 for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, showing by the Scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

Acts 16:13-23

The great work of God is never meant to be done by any individual alone. Paul was an incredible minister, but he couldn’t finish God’s ministry alone, either.  He was blessed to have faithful companions and coworkers like Priscilla and Aquila. They stayed in Ephesus, spread the word of God to others, and strengthened the church while Paul continued his mission. One such person was Apollos, who, upon hearing their teaching, gained a clearer and further understanding of the word of God. Following in Paul’s footsteps, he, too, began to travel and share the message of Jesus Christ. 

It’s truly inspiring to see the impact Pricilla and Aquila had on Appolos and how their work in Ephesus was able to spread the good news of Jesus Christ around the world. It speaks to the power of collaboration and how two people can accomplish much more together than they ever could alone. We can learn from Paul, Pricilla, and Aquila that when we join forces with our fellow believers, the word of God can reach even more people. Their example shows us that, with God’s guidance, we can work together in unity and harmony to further His kingdom.

We are grateful to have many faithful companions and co-workers in the church who serve God zealously together. We have those who serve on the front lines like Paul, and those who support, care for, and watch over the house of God like Priscilla and Aquila. Regardless of our role and position, whether we go or stay, it is all for the Lord, who loves us and to fulfill His commission and work. 

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