By Caroline Eade (Cambridge)
“And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. One who heard us was Lydia…The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.” (Acts 16:13-14, ESV)
Paul and his companions had been given miraculous guidance about going to Philippi – it was clear that God wanted them there. But when they arrive, they find themselves sitting with a group of women by the river, outside the city.
No eloquent speech is recorded here, no miraculous deeds, just an informal chat about the gospel in an inconspicuous place.
Within the legal profession we are surrounded by a culture that worships achievement, status and recognition. It is easy for us to think the same way, even about our service of God.
In this context, the challenge for us as followers of Christ is less, “Will you do great things for God?” but, “Will you do little things for a great God?” Even the apostle Paul took whatever opportunity he had, however unpromising, to speak about the gospel. He knew that what mattered was that God was at work.
Be encouraged that your seemingly small acts of faithfulness can be used by God to extend his kingdom. Our weakness is often a demonstration of His strength, and His power to transform a life like Lydia’s.
- Pray that God will give you the boldness to take every opportunity to be a faithful witness for Him.