And when she and her household had been baptized, she [Lydia] urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us. (Acts 16:15)
Lydia’s hospitality was pushy. Lydia didn’t wait for Paul to ask for help. She didn’t sit by the phone waiting for the needy to call for assistance. She found the need and filled it. She prevailed upon Paul for the opportunity to be hospitable.
Let our love and hospitality be like Lydia’s. Find the need; seek it out. Search with an active eye for the good you can do. When you begin to look for needs, you will find no end of ways to let your light shine.
Take a long, hard look around the church building next Sunday – consider the lives of those there, and you will see ways you might bring a “cup of cold water” to refresh the saints. As you drive through your community, read the news, and interact with those in the world around you, view those interactions through the lens of “what good can I do today?”, and opportunities will arise like hidden gems in the roughness of this broken world.
Be like Lydia – be pushy with your love.
Matthew 4:4 #Biblebites