Monday: May 19, 2020
Acts 11:16 And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, so that she attended unto the things which were spoken by Paul.
I am an advocate for process because I know it’s importance in the life of any individual. With the experience of each step up the rungs of a ladder, exposure to the different seasons of the year and going through the different stages of life, we learn to appreciate the things available at one level to prepare us for the next. However, I also understand that there are other things that are instantaneous – all that is needed is a single moment.
Lydia may have been a convert to Judaism but it took a single hearing of the Gospel to believe and to be baptised together with her household. It seemed an opportunity she was not going to pass up. Others share similar stories where one time encounters resulted in massive changes to their whole lives: the jailer in the prison with Paul and Silas, the 3000 who heard Peters message or the Ethiopian Eunuch who encountered Phillip.
There will be many moments in our lives when we will encounter such events whether in a positive light or the reverse. A one-time opportunity to affect a particular life, a one-time chance to land a big income through dishonest means, a single chance to rise to the top by undermining the work of another; we can go on listing. But those moments that usually appear to come once in a life time, are those that require us to be even more discerning.
Those moments present a real test for our virtues: our courage and faithfulness, our ambition and honesty, our patience and resolve, our generosity and modesty. They present more to our plate than they seem to let on and that is why we ought to be more vigilant.