Jesus and the early Jesus followers give us a picture of people in transition—people who, like Lydia, are looking for something more. Those experiences around personal transitions are significant, as they pry us out of our routines, out of our assumptions, and out of our preoccupations to actually consider something new.
These are ideal times for the good news of the gospel. Being attentive to people in transition is part of how we plant like Jesus.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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A certain woman named Lydia, a worshiper of God, was listening to us; she was from the city of Thyatira and a dealer in purple cloth. The Lord opened her heart to listen eagerly to what was said by Paul. When she and her household were baptized, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come and stay at my home.” And she prevailed upon us.
—Acts 16:14-15, NRSV
Prayer for the Week
God of love,
plant me in the soil of your grace.
Nurture me with the strength of Christ,
the vine of everlasting life.
Enlighten me with the wisdom of your Spirit,
which flows through me today and all days.
Abide in me,
that I may abide in you
and live in your love.
In your holy name, I pray. Amen.
(Based on John 15 and adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012.)
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