In Corinth, Paul shares the home of Priscilla and Aquila, as well as going into their tent-making business in order to support his ministry. A poignant phrase included in this short narrative bespeaks “… lately come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome.” Even in the face of dispersion they were able to share their lives with this one who had suffered so much for the Kingdom.
The documenting of hospitality continues. Philip the evangelist is credited with providing lodging to Paul as well as Mnason of Cyprus, “an early disciple.” While journeying by ship under arrest, Julius the centurion treats the apostle kindly when they dock in Sidon and gives “him leave to go to his friends and be cared for.”
Perhaps most notable of all is Paul’s example as recorded in the closing verses of Acts. Not only a recipient, he practices what he preaches. And, at the first opportunity, extends warm greeting in his own home.
“And he lived there two whole years at his own expense, and welcomed all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ quite openly and unhindered.”
The location? Rome. The occasion? Under house arrest, guarded by a Roman soldier, awaiting trial.
More than ever, society needs to see demonstrations of the meaning of family. Christ taught that those who do the work of God become part of the “extended family” of His Father. In order for this to happen, we must begin to share our lives. As we talk to each other honestly, we will achieve understanding, and love will not be far behind.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen Mains serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags. This microfinance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
An award-winning author of several other books, Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. The are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and churches at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
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