Transacting the Proselyte
Selling, Bargaining, Prospering
God employed her willingness
Learning, Worshiping, Housing
Lydia had every right to be pompous. Purple was a symbol of royalty, and she was known throughout Philippi for her exquisite purple cloth. She was prosperous, prestigious, and, surprisingly, unpretentious.
She and other women of Philippi met by the river weekly to worship God. When Paul and Silas taught them one Sabbath, Lydia’s heart was opened to the truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection. “If you have found me faithful to God,” Lydia requested, “stay in my house.”
Paul later wrote to Lydia’s church in Philippi, “Be humble and give more honor to others than to yourself. Do not be interested only in your own life, but be interested in the lives of others” (Phil. 2:3b-4 NCV). This is exactly what Lydia did. Rather than selfishly use her home for her own needs, she opened it hospitably to Paul and Silas. This upper-class merchant condescended to board vagrants.
Lydia’s generous offer shows her servant’s heart and parallels the example of Jesus, who emptied himself and became fully obedient to God (Phil. 2:7). Just as Paul wrote to Lydia, “in your lives, you must think and act like Christ Jesus” (Phil. 2:5 NCV).
How can you humble yourself today?