The churches of Asia greet you. Aquila and Prisca greet you heartily in the Lord, with the church that is in their home. 1 Corinthians 16: 19 NASB
Have you ever had a sense of sadness knowing that a great book is coming to an end? When each detail lures you back for more, and causes you to drift off wondering what the people in the story would be like in real life? There is nothing like a great book to transport you to another time and space. It is one of the amazing joys of reading.
This is also true when reading about people in the Bible. Unlike a fiction story, the Bible shares real people with us, but often not to the detail one might desire. One person that is intriguing is Priscilla, a woman who lived in the early church. Her story is captured in Acts 18:1-26, Romans 16:3-4, 1 Corinthians 16:19
Priscilla is fascinating for many reasons, but primarily because she is a woman with whom the New Testament writers were inspired to include. We know that in the early church culture women were viewed as inferior to men, but not to Jesus. Jesus was pretty radical in His time as He spoke to women, He had women who followed Him, and He used women as the first witnesses to His resurrection. Paul the Apostle also held this high view of women as he writes, “Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow-workers in Christ Jesus, who for my life risked their own necks to whom not only do I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.” Romans 16:3-4. Priscilla (or Prisca) was known to Paul as a fellow-worker or co-laborer in the faith. She meets Paul when she and her husband leave Italy to find refuge in Corinth. It is here that this couple opens their home to Paul and to the believers in Corinth.
Priscilla and her husband seem like a couple one would be drawn too. While they opened their home to the church, they also spent their time making tents. They follow Paul when he leaves Corinth to find themselves in Ephesus where they would again use their home to share the love of Christ. Priscilla’s life can be described as a life lived on mission for the faith. She was the equivalent of a missionary in today’s world. While this reader wishes there were more details about her life, the one thing that stands out is that she lived her life for the faith. There is no detail more important than the fact that she lived her whole life for Christ.
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If someone were to write a story about your life, how would they describe your life on mission?
Dear Father, give me the desire to live my life on mission every day for You and Your glory. Amen
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