For further reading see Acts 16:11-40
Lydia is the founding member of the Philippian church. She is also considered the first European convert. The church at least initially seems to be based in her house (Acts 16:15, 40). She is a dealer in purple cloth. Purple was an expensive dye at the time, so this suggests she is a merchant of luxury items. She has no husband or father mentioned, so it seems likely she was a wealthy woman who ran her own household. Paul travels into Macedonia because of a vision, and there converts Lydia. God seems to have guided the travel and the meeting. Lydia is a really useful convert. She had property, a business and standing. Lydia didn’t hesitate in putting her many resources into building Christ’s church. Some look too highly on those with worldly privilege, while others resent them. But Lydia shows that a follower of Christ uses that privilege for him.
Question: What privileges and resources do you have that you could put at Christ’s service?
Prayer: Lord, all I have is from you. Help me acknowledge that in how I use what you have given. Amen.