FRIDAY, MAY 13
“When Priscilla and Aquila heard him preaching boldly in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God even more accurately.”
Acts 18:26 (NLT)
BUILDING UP: SPIRITUAL DEPTH
In 1896, Henry Ford attended a company event where Thomas Edison (the great inventor) was the guest of honor. His friend introduced him to Edison as “the man trying to make a car that runs on gasoline.” Edison asked young Henry Ford a host of questions and when the talk was over, Edison banged his fist down on the table and said, “Young man, that’s the thing! You have it! Your car is self-contained and carries its own power plant.” Years later, Ford, reflecting on their first meeting, said in a newspaper interview, “That bang on the table was worth worlds to me. No man up to then had given me any encouragement. I had hoped that I was headed right. Sometimes I knew that I was, sometimes I only wondered, but here, all at once and out of a clear sky, the greatest inventive genius in the world had given me complete approval. The man who knew most about electricity in the world had said that for the purpose, my gas motor was better than any electric motor could be.”
Edison understood power and was able to encourage Ford in a way no one else could. Priscilla and Aquila understood God in a way that they were able to encourage Apollos in a way that only someone with spiritual depth could. Aquila and Priscilla give us a wonderful example to follow for not only did they befriend Paul and provide hospitality for Paul but as they grew in their faith, they became teachers of Apollos, and hosts to a church in their own house. So do not underestimate your value (or your purpose) in God’s plan to build His Kingdom.
Do you think it takes formal bible training to understand the Bible or can you study and learn the Bible on your own? Have you ever tried to systematically study the Bible? Have you ever tried to teach someone else the Bible?
Thank God for people who are further down the road spiritually than you are and who have poured into you. Ask God to grow you and bring people into your life who can benefit from your spiritual growth.