Acts 16:11–15 (ESV)
The Conversion of
11 So, setting sail from Troas, we made a direct voyage to Samothrace, and the following day to Neapolis, 12 and from there to Philippi, which is a leading city of the district of Macedonia
and a Roman colony. We remained in this city some days. 13 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. 14 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. 15 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.
When I read this, I’m always amazed that Lydia is a woman and a seller of purple goods.
In this day and age, I wouldn’t think anything about it, but roughly 2,000 years ago... that seems unusual. Needless to say, there is a market for purple, which is a royal color, and she has made a business of meeting the supply of demand
through her business. I love hearing this story. Women have certainly come a long way today and are running many large corporations. What is neat is Lydia was a woman before her time, yet she came to have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
She heard Paul’s message and was saved. The Gospel is a message needed to be heard by all people.
I pray: O Lord, help us to get the Gospel message to all people, of all nations, of all languages,
of all colors, of all status and social levels, and of both genders. Help me to not pick and choose, but to plant the seeds of faith through your Word. Amen.