A Modern-Day Priscilla and Aquila
In 2008, the economy was rough in California. And we know a number of people who have lost their homes. One couple stands out above the others. Their names are Dale and Amy.
Dale and Amy purchased their home 25 years ago. About 10 years ago, Dale and Amy’s son––who had been a prodigal—wanted answers about life from the Bible. Dale and Amy offered to meet with their son and his friends once a week to answer their questions. Amy cooked a meal for anyone who would come––and come they did.
One by one, the young adults who met in Dale and Amy’s home surrendered their lives to Christ. Each week, Dale would teach the group. And week after week, more students would come. Soon there were college-aged men and women seated all over Dale and Amy’s house, up the stairway, and on the floor.
As the years passed by and the young adults grew in their faith, many became active in ministries in their church. A good number of them married one another and established godly homes.
While God was blessing Dale and Amy’s ministry abundantly, the worsening economic climate put a strain on their investments. Soon it became apparent they would have no other choice but to move out of the house they loved so dearly––the home in which they had raised all their children.
Amy was sad to walk away from her home, but through her tears she continued to cling to the God she serves. Later, the Lord provided Dale and Amy with a quaint house in the country. Interestingly, Amy had always dreamed of living in the country.
While Amy would tell you she wouldn’t have expected change of this magnitude in this season of her life, she’s thankful that the Lord knew their need––even before they asked. And God has blessed Amy and Dale for keeping their eyes on Him even when life’s circumstances seemed to disappoint.
Priscilla and Aquila were exiled from Italy. They had no idea the Lord would use them to minister to the apostle Paul and host a church in their house––as well as be an example to Christians who continue to read about them 2,000 years after their deaths.
Dale and Amy had a tremendous ministry going when they lost their home. God did not explain why He had allowed this to happen. Instead, He gave them His peace and joy, and reminded them of the home in heaven they would one day have forever. And because of this couple’s selfless humility, God continues to use them today.
What about You?
What will history say about the way you’ve been handling your finances and possessions? Will your kids grow up remembering all the arguments their mommy and daddy had over money? Or will they learn, from your example, how to store up treasures in heaven?
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