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Priscilla and Aquila

Acts 18 tells the story of Paul’s encounter with Priscilla and Aquila, tentmakers living in the city of Corinth after the Jews were expelled from Rome. Paul actually ends up staying with them while he is in Corinth. When Paul leaves, the two traveled with him to Ephesus, where they remained. After Paul leaves Ephesus, they end up meeting a man named Apollos. Apollos was a fervent preacher who had knowledge of the Scriptures and Christ, but did not have a full knowledge, only knowing about John’s baptism. As such, Priscilla and Aquila took Apollo’s under their wing and taught him more about “the way of God” as it says in verse 26.

Priscilla and Aquila are not mentioned much in the Bible beyond Acts 18. However, their story carries with it some powerful lessons. In their introduction, it is noted that they were tentmakers. I take this mention to indicate that work that may not necessarily be formal ministry can still be important; it was important enough to mention their professions in the Bible right when they’re introduced! Clearly, people who are in full time ministry play a very important role in furthering God’s kingdom in this world. But even if you aren’t in formal ministry, you can still make a difference and move God’s kingdom forward. Our actions can play a huge role in being a light in our workplaces. By working hard and treating others with respect and compassion, we can show God’s love at our respective workplaces.

A second lesson to make note of concerns their interactions with Apollos. Verse 25 mentions that he was enthusiastic in his preaching of Jesus, but that he only knew about John’s baptism. So, Priscilla and Aquila took him aside to teach him more. Yes, there are times when you do need to publicly address matters with an individual. However, there are other times when a private discussion has a far greater impact. Think about it like this: if you get addressed in front of others by your teacher or boss, I’m guessing it can make you feel embarrassed and frustrated and may make you harbor some bitterness. However, if your teacher or boss meets with you separately for a private discussion, while you still may not agree with them, it can help quench the negative emotions that may arise that would cause the bitterness. That’s a lesson we all should truly consider when it comes to our relationships with others.

While Priscilla and Aquila are far from the most frequently mentioned individuals in the Bible, they are truly worthy of note for the lessons that their story conveys.


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