1 Corinthians 16:19-24 — What If….What If We Had More Priscillas and Aquilas in Our Churches? Wouldn’t That Be Something!

Posted: August 15, 2015 in 1 Corinthians

1 Corinthians 16:19-24 — Give me a church full of Priscillas and Aquilas. That is the wish of every pastor. This couple was the real deal. They were sold out for Jesus Christ. They were in Corinth when Paul made his first missionary visit there and they came to know Jesus Christ as their Savior. As they matured in Christ, they were on fire. They followed Paul to Ephesus and helped him in ministry there. They were gospel bearers and supporting the ministry of Paul financially. They were true disciples. They laid it all on the line. May we have a church like that.

The one thing that has been driven home to me in spades here lately is that fact that we, as leaders of the church, must be thankful when we find the Priscillas and Aquilas and not worry so much about the ones that show up for initial meetings but as time progresses fall away. Let us be thankful for the one or the two that have the passion to stay with a ministry over the long haul. May we be glad when we find that one or two among the many. Those ones or twos are the ones we pour into. Those are the ones we raise up. Those are the ones we give greater and greater responsibility to. Those are the ones you invest your life in. We cannot waste time worrying about the ones that fall away when it comes time to making sacrifices or when it takes real commitment. We must celebrate the finding of our Priscilla and Aquila. As you can see from 1 Corinthians, the church at Corinth was full of problems, but it was there that he met Priscilla and Aquila. This husband and wife team made all the trouble at Corinth worth it. Sometimes God directs us into a mess so that we can find the gems hidden in the mess. Let us be leaders who worry less about numbers and worry more about the quality and conviction of the people that we have been entrusted with leading. Let us pray that the Lord will bring us the one or two that really get it and that will be the ones that are on fire for Jesus Christ and the ones that we can raise up to take our place or the ones that we can send off to be leaders elsewhere in the church. Lord, give us sold out hearts to lead!

Not only we as leaders should be thankful for finding our Priscillas and Aquilas, but we should also see Priscilla and Aquila as examples to us all as to what a Christ follower should look like. First, they were willing to serve the Lord wherever they were lead. Originally, there home was in Rome, but through God’s guidance and Emperor Claudius expelling of Jews from the city, they ended up in Corinth. It was there that they met Paul and it was Paul that lead them to Christ and it was Paul that taught them the doctrines of the Christian faith. As they matured under Paul’s discipleship, they picked up their bags and followed him to Ephesus. They were instrumental in planting the church there. Their home was a base of operations for the church. You talk about being sold out for Christ! These guys were business owners (tentmaking and/or leathermaking) who saw spreading the gospel as more important than their address and more important than their business. They would go wherever the Lord led them to go. They were willing. How willing are we to lay it all on the line for Jesus Christ? I would like to think that I am but when it comes to really doing it rather than talking about, will I do it? Will I be like Priscilla and Aquila and go or will I find excuses to stay back in Corinth?

Priscilla and Aquila opened up their home in Ephesus to be the church office and the church worship center. It was the base of operations for the whole shooting match. The church of Jesus Christ was their whole life. They were totally committed. They would do whatever it took to ensure that the gospel of Jesus reached as wide an audience as possible. They show us what it is like to be on mission everyday. They show us the real meaning of our church motto which is “being missionaries where we live, work, and play.” They teach us that Jesus should be part of everything we do. So many Christians though compartmentalize Jesus into a box. We pull out our Jesus box when it convenient and when it works for us. We pull out our Jesus box when we are not playing in our other boxes. And when we put our Jesus box back up in the storage racks of our mind, we very carefully place that box back in the rack so that it does not touch the other boxes of our lives. The Jesus box comes out on Sunday, and Wednesday and we will pull it out when we have special events. We do not live our lives in the Jesus box like Priscilla and Aquila. That God gave them talent to earn a living wherever they went was just the vehicle through which they had opportunities to share the gospel and raise up, encourage and lead others to be disciples of Jesus Christ. Being missionaries every minute of every day was who they were not just something they did. It was part of their DNA not just a coat they put on and took off. How committed are you and I? Do you and I live 24/7/365 for Jesus? Is everything in our lives an opportunity to live out or express the gospel? Or do you and I pull out our Jesus box, play in it, and put it back in the rack because Jesus gets in the way of my life at times?

Priscilla and Aquila are examples too of how we as Christ followers are to be generous to the cause of Christ. They are examples of how we should view our resources that God has provided us. Priscilla and Aquila were tentmakers and/or leathermakers. Apparently, they were pretty good at it too. It helped them finance Paul’s ministry. It enabled to have places to live in Rome, Corinth and Ephesus and any other stop along the way that God led them. These guys were all over the place with Paul so they had to be committing virtually all of their financial resources to the expansion of the church. These guys were not preacher/evangelists like Paul but these guys were the backbone of the church. They gave their time and talents to raise up new disciples in the churches wherever they were. They also saw any money that they made from the talents they had as tentmakers/leathermakers as being for the express purpose of furthering the kingdom. Man, every penny they made went to supporting the church. Even the homes that they had were used for church purposes. What if we were like Priscilla and Aquila and thought of the church first when I have a dollar in my hand? What if we saw the money we make as being a direct result of the talents that were given to us by God rather than something that is mine and mine alone? What if we saw the money that we make as being God’s first and mine second? What if we gave God the first fruits of our labors? What if we gave so generously to the church that we were far beyond tithing? What if all of us gave like that? What we were Priscilla and Aquila givers? What impact for Christ could be made then? Too often, we wonder why the church spread so fast in the first century and it spreads at a snail’s pace now? Just look at how we give. We give our leftovers rather than being Priscilla and Aquila givers.

May the Lord burn out hearts into being our pastor’s Priscilla and Aquila. May we be the ones that he can invest in and make part of the gospel team. May we be like Priscilla and Aquila and be sold out disciples of Jesus Christ. May we see spreading the gospel as not some cute thing we do on occasions but rather be willing to sacrifice everything to ensure that the gospel reaches those who need it. May we be so sold out to Christ that we see our finances as the vehicle through which the gospel is spread. May we not be miserly with our finances but rather live our lives financially in such a way that we can participate in the ministry of the church through our generous giving. May we, Lord, find one day that our church is full of all-in, full-on, sold out, Priscillas and Aquilas. Oh Lord what a day that will be! Amen.

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