24Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
27When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
I often speak with people who think they don’t have much to offer others in their journey with Jesus. Everybody has something to offer. You have something to offer. Even if you don’t know it.
Where are you at in your journey with Jesus? Are you brand new to following Him or have you been following Him for years? Wherever you are, there is somebody a few steps behind you in their journey with Jesus who could use your help.
Priscilla and Aquila were secretly awesome. They were tentmakers by trade and they used their time and resources to help others on their journey of following Jesus. When the young leader named Apollos came to town, they noticed he was gifted and passionate but there were some things that he had yet to learn.
So they griped and complained to all of their friends about Apollos and the gaps in his theology.
Just kidding. They fueled his fire. They encouraged him and they mentored him. They helped him take his next steps in his journey.
Priscilla and Aquila are spoken of throughout Acts 18 and then mentioned by name in 3 of Paul’s letters (in his final greetings of Romans, 1 Corinthians, and 2 Timothy).
From these verses we learn that not only did they use their personal experiences to help others, but they also used their resources. One of the resources they used regularly to help others was their home. They hosted a missionary (Paul) in their home (Acts 18:3), they hosted a church small group in their home (1 Corinthians 16:19), and here they mentored Apollos in their home (Acts 18:26).
Thought for Today: What in your life can you leverage to help others meet, know, and follow Jesus? Your story? Your experiences? Your trade? Your home?
Today’s Prayer: Jesus, thank you for examples like Priscilla and Aquila. Help me to see how I can be used to help others grow in their relationship with you. Amen.