DAY 11: Thursday, April 23
“Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in the ministry of Christ Jesus. In fact, they once risked their lives for me. I am thankful to them, and so are all the Gentile churches. Also give my greetings to the church that meets in their home.” Romans 16:3-5a
When you read through Paul’s letters in the New Testament you will notice that he thanks men and women who have served him and the local church receiving his letter. To us, these are random names, but there are still gems of truth found in them. In Romans 16, Paul thanks Priscilla and Aquila and sends greetings to the church that meets in their home.
Priscilla and Aquila are famous 1st Century Christians—they show up all over the New Testament. This couple is fully surrendered to the gospel, living out their faith through their lives, careers, and family.
More striking to me, however, is the mention of the Church that meets in their home. Christian Churches did not construct buildings until 100+ years after Paul, Priscilla, and Aquila. In these early days, Churches concentrated their finances to feed the poor in their cities and raised money to fund payments to free slaves from their owners.
As this health crisis becomes an economic crisis for Pathway families and our neighbors, Pathway leaders are restructuring ministries and allocating finances to serve, give, and help people overcome the burdens from this season.
Today I ask you to be in prayer for all our Pathway ministries, that our leaders focus and concentrate all resources where it will create the most good and shine the brightest light of God’s love, grace, and peace into the dark and dreary world.
Heavenly Father, I know You are a redeeming God whose love is deep enough that a thousand generations could not exhaust it all. I ask that Your love would move our Pathway leaders to discover the wisest and best ways to be a blessing and transforming force in our city, county, and wherever else Jesus leads us.
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare.”
By Brian Beall
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