WEDNESDAY, APRIL 6
And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
Acts 16:15 (ESV)
THE MIRACLE OF LYDIA: HER BURDEN
Randy Travis released a song entitled “Pray for the Fish.” The second verse says: Well, the preacher ducked him under that cool clear water, then he did it again. Eddie came up yellin’: “Lord in Heaven, hallelujah! I’m a brand new man! Well, the water got to bubblin’, sky got to rumblin’ an’ the thunder backed up the choir. The fish started jumpin’; it was like they were swimmin’ in a lake of fire. Then Eddie’s Momma stepped outta the crowd, And started yellin’ out loud: “Pray for the fish! They won’t know what’s coming when the sin starts rollin’ off the likes of him. Lord, be with ‘em, they ain’t done nothin’.”
Lydia understood the gospel wasn’t just for her. It was for the world and that began in her home. Lydia made the decision to believe in Jesus and be baptized. Then Lydia exposed her family and everyone in her household to the gospel. David Jeremiah wrote, “The reference to her ‘household’ doesn’t mean that they were automatically saved because Lydia was saved. It means that the impact of her conversion was so strong that those over whom Lydia exercised influence were likewise convinced of the truth of the Gospel and believed and were baptized. It probably included her immediate family and her extended family as well, including household servants.”
Have you ever heard someone say, “I believe faith is a personal matter?” Do you think Lydia believed her faith was a personal matter? It was a personal decision that affected everyone around her. How has your faith impacted your household lately?
Praise God for His ability to completely change our homes. Ask God to help your faith be contagious to the people around you.