Paul and his work

Date: Friday, August 2

ScriptureActs 18:1-17

Verse: and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together—by trade they were tentmakers. (Acts 18:3)

Paul, a religious scholar, author of most of the New Testament, evangelist, and intellectual, made his living as a tent-maker. On some level, this exceptional man of faith, went to work everyday like we do. He had bills to pay, money to save for what he wanted to do, and skills to use for the glory of God. So while in Corinth, he hooked up with Aquila and Priscilla and joined them in their tent-making shop. My guess is Paul’s work was not a distraction from his church growing mission, but in some way fueled it. 

Much of the most effective evangelism I have seen, is not done by those who have been trained by their denomination or an accredited seminary. The best response to the Gospel often comes from watching a coworker handle a bad week, the stress of an angry boss, or the irate customer/client. Those outside of the church are often drawn closer by a friend whose faith has helped them through their alcoholism, their divorce, their struggles with their daughter. In other words, the best evangelism is typically done in the break room, at Starbucks, on the phone, through email, or wherever else two people can share together what is happening in their lives and how inviting Jesus into their lives has made, or can make, all the difference. 

We have the opportunity every day to share Jesus with another. Maybe it is through the casual conversation one might have while sewing a tent, a casual encounter at King Soopers, or exemplifying Christ’s love and grace by the way one handles confrontation. I doubt Paul viewed his tent-making hours as time away from doing God’s work. My guess is he saw it as just another opportunity to connect with people and share the love of Jesus with them. 

Prayer: Lord Jesus, let my hours at work be used for your glory. Amen. 

Action: Say a prayer during your work so your eyes may opened to opportunities to share God’s love. 

Respond: How is your work a gift from God? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below. If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.

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About Joe Iovino

Christian, husband & father, Associate Pastor in Monument CO, guitar player, motorcyclist, Mets fan.
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