We never know when we might have an opportunity to share Jesus with someone we encounter. It might be a friend, a family member, a colleague or a complete stranger. God will challenge us to open our heart and share the gospel. Will we accept his invitation, or will we lack the courage? We should take our cue from Paul in today’s reading from Acts.
We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,
and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,
a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.
We spent some time in that city.
On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river
where we thought there would be a place of prayer.
We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.
One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,
from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened,
and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention
to what Paul was saying.
After she and her household had been baptized,
she offered us an invitation,
“If you consider me a believer in the Lord,
come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us.
Paul was not afraid to share Jesus with Lydia. When he did, the Lord opened her heart to accept the gospel. Paul introduced Lydia to the good news and God did the rest.
Each of us has the ability to do what Paul did for Lydia. Do we have the courage to do it?