Acts 18:19a: Bless this house.
“19 They arrived at Ephesus, where Paul left Priscilla and Aquila. He himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.” NIV UK
This is a short reading, I know, and it may appear to contain a tiny detail. However, if you look at 1 Corinthians 16:19, you will discover that not only did Priscilla and Aquila stay in Ephesus, but also the church met in their home. Maybe they were successful in business and had a home large enough for a group to gather in. As we consider the importance of church planting in our day – and it is a bit of a hot topic at the moment – let’s not too easily dismiss the possibility of using our homes. What made the early Christians successful was not where they met, but Who was animating them; Who lived within and among them and was driving them forward in strategic mission. Later on, this couple returned to Rome (Romans 16:3-5), and just like in Ephesus, the church met in their house.
‘’Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work…A cord of three strands is not quickly broken’’ Ecclesiastes 4:9-12.
God ordained the marriage between a man and a woman. He blessed it. It is good. Where two live together in a Christ-centred marriage, there you have a ‘’cord of three strands’’ and it will not be ‘’quickly broken.’’ Priscilla and Aquila were a team, and what they had was devoted to the Lord and His service. The fact that the church met in their home (and possibly every day if the early pattern continued: Acts 2:46) tells you plenty about their level of commitment.
PRAYER: Thank you Lord for a roof over my head. I recognise that many people in the world don’t have decent shelter, and I’m so grateful for my blessings. Help me not to just use it, though, for my own comfort and pleasure. It isn’t mine; it is yours. So please show me how I can devote this lovely home to your service