Lydia can be found in Acts 16. I am journaling my way through the book of Acts and loved the message found in Lydia’s story.
Lydia, a woman from Thyatira, was a seller of purple goods. She was a worshiper of God and one of the women who gathered to pray by the riverside on the Sabbath. This is where Paul meets Lydia. And this is where she hears the gospel and is saved.
Paul and Silas were instructed by the Lord to go to Macedonia. It is possible, in hearing the prayers of the women, that God sent Paul and Silas to share the knowledge of Christ in response to their prayers. God is purposeful in all He does.
Lydia, one the women present at the riverside, was a worshiper of God according to the knowledge she had of Him. I say this because upon hearing the gospel from Paul, she was baptized. So it is probably safe to say she worshiped God by what she had learned. God is working in the hearts of His people before they are called by Him. We see this in Lydia as she knew about God before becoming a believer.
As Paul was sharing the gospel of Jesus with the women, Lydia was blessed in that God opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. It was time for her to truly understand what Jesus did for her and her household. Remember it is not enough to worship God, we must be believers in Jesus as our Savior. This is where true life begins and Lydia grasps this. She was baptized along with her household. “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
In Lydia’s testimony, we saw the perfect will of God in her life. He was working in her heart before bringing her to Himself. She was privvy to know about Him and all He had done before Paul even came along. We also see that it was God’s doing that she would receive him into her heart. He “opened her heart” to hear the gospel and accept Jesus. Not just her but her household as well. “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.” (John 6:44)
After she was baptized, Lydia invites Paul and Silas to her home. Her hospitable act gives us reason to believe she is overjoyed and in turn blesses the apostles. “And I will give them one heart, and a new spirit I will put within them…..that they may walk in my statutes and keep my rules and obey them. And they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” (Ezekiel 11:19a, 20)
Lydia’s conversion reminds us that God knows the sinner’s need of Him and He reaches down and saves.
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