TUESDAY, JUNE 30
“After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them, and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade… And he stayed a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.”
Acts 18:1-3, 11 (ESV)
THEY SHOWED KINDNESS BY WHAT THEY GAVE
One day a beggar by the roadside asked for alms from Alexander the Great as he passed by. The man was poor and wretched and had no claim upon the ruler, no right even to lift a solicitous hand. Yet the Emperor threw him several gold coins. A courtier was astonished at his generosity and commented, “Sir, copper coins would adequately meet a beggar’s need. Why give him gold?” Alexander responded in royal fashion, “Copper coins would suit the beggar’s need, but gold coins suit Alexander’s giving.” (Source unknown)
In Acts 18 we learn that the Apostle Paul spent eighteen months in the city of Corinth. And the entire time he was visiting he stayed with a couple named Aquila and Priscilla. They opened their home and their heart to Paul and God’s word. They lived out their fruit of kindness by giving.
When babies are born no one has to teach them to say “mine!” Selfishness is part of our fleshly DNA. However, when God’s Spirit comes to live inside of us, He gives us a heart of generosity and giving. The more I abide in Jesus the less giving seems forced and the more natural it becomes. Mike reminded us on Sunday that the Bible teaches, “If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person?” (1 John 3:17 NLT2). That may seem harsh, but the Bible assumes if God’s love is in you than so is a heart of compassion that meets needs.