Saturday, September 5, 2015
Background passage: Luke 16:19-31
Daily reading: Acts 16:11-15
Saturday September 5, 2015
Focus passage: On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the riverbank, where we thought there might be a place for prayer. We sat down and began to talk with the women who had gathered there. One of those women was Lydia, a Gentile God-worshipper from the city of Thyatira, a dealer in purple cloth. As she listened, the Lord enabled her to embrace Paul’s message. Acts 16:13-14
This passage came to mind immediately when I read the passage about the rich man and Lazarus.
In the ancient world, purple cloth was extremely expensive. It was a sign of great wealth. In the parable for the week, the rich man is further identified by his great wealth by wearing purple.
I like to imagine that this passage is a response to Luke’s parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Lydia had to be a woman of great wealth. She is the head of her household and is a dealer in this very expensive clothing. Yet unlike the rich man in the parable, she is moved by the gospel message that Paul shares with her and she insists on having him along with his companions to her house for the evening.
After she is baptized Lydia responds with hospitality, something sorely lacking from the rich man in the parable.
This weekend imagine a way to extend Christian hospitality to someone else. Maybe it is by paying it forward at the drive through lane, or by inviting someone over for coffee or a drink today.
How can you share with someone else what you have been gifted with to create connection?
Share ideas of how to extend hospitality.
Prayer: God this week open my eyes to the poor in my neighborhood. Amen.
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