Continuing in our study, “Simple Compassion: Devotions to Make a Difference in Your Neighborhood, and Your World,” by Keri Wyatt Kent, this week’s topic is – woman.
The cliffnotes version: We look into Acts 18, at a woman named Priscilla. We meet Pricilla (and her husband Aquila) when Paul arrives in Corinth, during his travels. Priscilla and her husband were tentmakers, and was very much a working woman. After sometime in Corinth, Paul, Priscilla, and Aquila traveled into Ephesus.
After staying there for some time, Paul set sail once again, this time leaving Priscilla and Aquila behind. While in Ephesus, Priscilla and Aquila met a Jewish man named Apollos who came into town. After hearing Apollos speak Priscilla and Aquila invited Apollos into their hope, teaching him the ways of God as the NIV version puts “more adequately.” Apollos went on from there to teach and share about Jesus being the Christ.
Wyatt point out that in this passage when Apollos was invited to Priscilla and Aquila’s home, it was not strictly just Aquila who taught and shared with Apollos, while his wife was in the kitchen. Priscilla had an active role along WITH her husband. They shared together. Because of this, Apollos went on to share with many more about Jesus.
According to Kent, Priscilla was one of the several women leaders in the early church. Kent says, “She made a difference by believing in herself enough to speak the truth.” This is a bold move, even today. Just imagine how bold it must have been in Priscilla’s time.
I have seen so many women today that believe they can’t truly make a difference, in the church or in the world. Some even think, “What I do isn’t THAT important.” That is a LIE.
Jesus valued woman. He values YOU. He knows YOU can make a HUGE IMPACT in the world around you.
Kent points out that women were some of the very first witnesses to several major events in Jesus’ ministry, i.e. the annunciation and the resurrection.
If you are a woman, you DO have value, and you CAN make a huge difference in your world. Whether you reach the masses, or just one person, as Priscilla (and her husband) may have with Apollos (although more than likely she did influence more than just him, but even still if it were just Apollos) YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE that will have influence for generations to come.