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Romans 16:3: Greet Priscilla and Aquila, My Fellow Workers In Christ Jesus

Romans 16:3

Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, (ESV)

When you have gone through hard times with good friends by your side you never forget them. The Apostle had such friends. Priscilla and Aquila were discovered by Paul in Corinth. In AD 49 Claudius commanded all Jews to leave Rome. This couple went to Corinth where they began to work with Paul in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

We find in Acts 18 that in addition to sharing in the work of the Gospel Paul also shared with his new friends the same line of employment. They all made tents together. We know that Paul's primary focus was on sharing the Word of God with a sinful world. In order to support this wonderful work of ministry there was a need to make enough money to live and eat!

There are some church boards who feel that it is their job to keep the Pastor humble. They feel that keeping him poor is the way to do it. And they reason that even the Apostle Paul had to work an outside job. He made tents with Priscilla and Aquila. The fact that the Apostle Paul made tents in order to have food to eat does not mean that it is the ideal situation for every ministry.

These dear friends of Paul had been willing to do what was necessary in order to be involved in the high calling of sharing the Gospel. For them, at that time, it meant making tents. The principle we learn here is that spreading the good news for Christ is so wonderful that we would do anything that we can to support this calling. We do so in times of prosperity and in times of poverty.

Are you like Priscilla and Aquila? Have you partnered with the ministry of a local church in sharing the Gospel? Are you using your financial resources to help a "Paul?" It is an honor to share the Gospel. Share it in words, and help someone financially to share it with others.