Oh the People You will Meet . . .

September 5, 2019

Acts 16:11-15 (in context)

From Troas we put out to sea and sailed straight for Samothrace, and the next day we went on to Neapolis. From there we traveled to Philippi, a Roman colony and the leading city of that district of Macedonia. And we stayed there several days.

On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home. “If you consider me a believer in the Lord,” she said, “come and stay at my house.” And she persuaded us.


Following Jesus requires three basic qualities:

  1. The willingness to become the holy love of God.
  2. Pre-emptive obedience. (i.e. saying yes before you get the assignment)
  3. Radical openness to associating with and befriending all kinds of people.

So rather than giving you more to read today, I’m going to ask you to think.

Here’s the question:

Would you add anything to the list?

The people you meet . . .




What’s your #4 for the list?

For the Awakening,
J.D. Walt

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