July 7 Devotion

Today we will look at Acts 18:18-28

18:18 Paul, after staying many more days in Corinth, said farewell to the brothers and sailed away to Syria accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. He had his hair cut off at Cenchrea because he had made a vow.  19When they reached Ephesus, Paul left Priscilla and Aquila behind there, but he himself went into the synagogue and addressed the Jews. 20When they asked him to stay longer, he would not consent,  21but said farewell to them and added, “I will come back to you again if God wills.” Then he set sail from Ephesus, 22and when he arrived at Caesarea, he went up and greeted the church at Jerusalem and then went down to Antioch.  23After he spent some time there, Paul left and went through the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples. 

24Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent speaker, well-versed in the scriptures.  25He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm he spoke and taught accurately the facts about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John.  26He began to speak out fearlessly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately.  27When Apollos wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he assisted greatly those who had believed by grace,  28for he refuted the Jews vigorously in public debate, demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

Priscilla, Aquila and Apollos, three of the under-sung heroes of the faith.  We hear lots about Paul, Peter and a number of others, but those that carry the day are most often left unnamed.  The less splashy work of guiding people to the truth in the slow, gentle ways, has resulted in so many more conversions than we could possibly count.  I don’t mean to take away from the more dramatic actions of the apostles, I am very thankful for them!  But the Lord has largely chosen to work through the ordinary people of faith to bring about the work of saving this world.

I want to thank each of you for your slow quiet and gentle witness.  Your longsuffering in this time of quarantine and painful isolation has given testimony to the grace of Jesus.  You have carried yourselves well and I hope that the peace that was given to you in Jesus was enough to help you stay focussed on him and his love for you.  As we begin to open the doors to the church, I want to thank you for your continued concern and caution for others as we try to move forward as safely as we know how.

This will be the last of these devotions for the foreseeable future.  I am sorry that they were inconsistent.

You are my under-sung heroes.  Thank you so much.

“’I say of the holy people who are in the land,
    ‘They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.’” Psalm 16:3

Pastor Mac