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Acts 18:23-28: Re-Visitation

Monday, June 3, 2019

Aquila and Priscilla

Just when we think we have arrived at a safe plateau, we feel the ground beneath us tremble.  Just as we gain new confidence in the journey, we realize that a new chapter into unknown territory is about to open.  Just as soon as we find a safe place to stand, we realize that we must move on.  Life is a series of treks between oases; it is a process, a journey.  We are never fully complete.  We are never without new horizons.  And when we believe that we have settled a part of ourselves once and for all, we are quickly shown that the lesson we believe we have learned can be honed anew.  God always finds ways to make us better.

In today’s Noontime we read of how Paul returns to a people of whom he is particularly fond, the people of Ephesus.  It is to them that he writes the beautiful letter about the dynamism of our human experience, about how we are to arm ourselves with the armor of Christ, and of how our lives are a special journey of collaboration with one another and our creator.  Just when we think we know all we need to know about who we are and what we must do, God shuffles are circumstances just enough to keep us learning.  We ought not balk at this.

Paul does not consider his work done once he delivers his message and moves on.  He returns, he sends letters, he reconsiders, re-states.  Just when we believe that our faith cannot be stronger, our hope bigger and our love more merciful, a new experience calls us to new depths and heights.

Today we read of how Priscilla and Aquila re-instruct Apollos to bring him to a more accurate understanding of The Way so that he can give great assistance to those who have come to believe through grace.

My Dad used to say: You never know what you can do until you do it.  When we believe we are too lost, when we believe we know it all, when we believe there is no hope, when we believe that nothing can harm us, when we believe that there is no love, when we believe that we have seen the limits of love . . . in all of these we are mistaken.  For God can take us to new heights, new depths, new breadths of ourselves.  And with each new revelation we grow closer to him, we gain a more accurate understanding of The Way . . . so that we can give great assistance to those who have come to believe through grace. 

There is no greater gift than the opportunity to re-investigate who we are, what we do, and why we do it.  As we read of how the first followers of Christ re-visited places, relationships and ideas, let us also be unafraid to re-visit old territory with a new eye.  We may find joy in people and places we thought were lost to us.


For more on Aquila. Priscilla and Apollos click on the image above or go to: http://neatnik2009.wordpress.com/2010/01/22/feast-of-aquila-priscilla-and-apollos-february-13/?blogsub=confirmed#blog_subscription-2

A re-post from May 20, 2012.

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Ezekiel 37: From Dry Bones to Restoration – Part VIfoundation-277x156

Sunday, September 20, 2015

How do we begin to build a strong foundation that will withstand the storms of life and be our constant restoration? Paul’s letter to the people of Corinth show us the way.

Because of God’s grace to me, I have laid the foundation like an expert builder. Now others are building on it. But whoever is building on this foundation must be very careful. For no one can lay any foundation other than the one we already have—Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 3:10-11)

What do we do once the foundation is laid? Can we expect the difficult part of our work to be complete? Paul tells the Corinthians and he tells us.

1 cor 3-1As long as you grab for what makes you feel good or makes you look important, are you really much different than a babe at the breast, content only when everything’s going your way? (1 Corinthians 3:1-4)

How do we make certain we are doing the correct work? Paul tells the Corinthians and he tells us that we must look to God for our assignments.

We each carried out our servant assignment. I [Paul] planted the seed, Apollos watered the plants, but God made you grow. It’s not the one who plants or the one who waters who is at the center of this process but God, who makes things grow. Planting and watering are menial servant jobs at minimum wages. What makes them worth doing is the God we are serving. You happen to be God’s field in which we are working. (1 Corinthians 3:5-9)

What is the great reward we expect to have? Paul tells the Corinthians and he tells us that we are each living stones in God’s living temple.

1cor3-16-17-temple-of-god-holy-building-1024x575You are God’s house. Using the gift God gave me as a good architect, I designed blueprints; Apollos is putting up the walls. Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation! Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. (1 Corinthians 3:9-15)

Can we expect to find peace if we hide from the potential God has placed in us? Paul tells the Corinthians and he tells us that the reward may seem like a punishment, but then God’s world is always about inversions.

 Don’t fool yourself. Don’t think that you can be wise merely by being up-to-date with the times. Be God’s fool—that’s the path to true wisdom. What the world calls smart, God calls stupid. (1 Corinthians 3:18-20)

lord is spiritWhat will our reward look like after our travail? Paul tells the Corinthians and he tells us that our reward will be greater than any other we will know. Our reward is our life in Christ.

I don’t want to hear any of you bragging about yourself or anyone else. Everything is already yours as a gift—Paul, Apollos, Peter, the world, life, death, the present, the future—all of it is yours, and you are privileged to be in union with Christ, who is in union with God. (1 Corinthians 3:21-23)

Spend time with these verses today and compare varying versions. When we spend time with God in this way, God’s wisdom seeps into our bones. Christ’s peace settles into our hearts. And the Spirit binds us to God forever, bringing us restoration.

Tomorrow, words from the master builder, Jesus.

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