A Worshiper of God

“And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together.  One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul.   And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.” Acts 16:13-15


I’ve always been fascinated when I look at different names in the Bible and study what they mean. This is especially interesting when considering names of God, but also neat to see what the names of the men and women of the Bible represent. Today in church the pastor was preaching from Acts 16 to point out how Paul and Silas sang hymns of praise to God and rejoiced even when they were in jail. While we were in Acts 16, I was drawn to Lydia, and how one of the very few things given to us about her is that she was a worshiper of God. 

That was especially interesting to me, because I began to think, when we introduce ourselves, is our faith something that we would even think to point out about ourselves? Probably not. Before that, we would probably mention our first names, last names, hometown, job, family, etc. What do people know us as? Son, Daughter, friend, coworker, student, but a worshiper of God? How wonderful it would be to be characterized for your love for the Lord. What if our desire to serve God was so obvious that people couldn’t help but notice? 

As we grow in our faith and come to know God more, let’s strive to be more like Lydia. Known as worshipers of God. Because after all, isn’t the goodness, faithfulness, and love of God…how he has saved us….greater than anything else about us? 


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