17 Jun We are Tentmakers
Read Acts 18:1-4
Thought for the Day: Today I have opportunities to share the Gospel!
In all of history, it would be hard to find a leader greater than the Apostle Paul. In the span of a few short decades, he successfully planted churches throughout the world. He was fully credentialed as both a Jewish Pharisee and Roman Citizen. He tirelessly traveled with other believers, continually investing in them and displaying an ability to adapt to every culture. Paul did a whole lot in his life. But, he also did something that is often overlooked: The Apostle Paul made tents.
If Paul lived today, we would call his work building tents a “side hustle”. But for him, vocational work was anything but a hustle. Instead, it gave him the opportunity to establish himself in communities, preaching Christ in both the streets and synagogues: “Because [Paul] was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade. And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.”
Let’s never forget that, as the Apostle Paul, we are all tentmakers. God asks us to use the skills He has given us and look for opportunities to share the Gospel. As Christians, we should understand that our primary calling is to make disciples. Each of us has our own unique context and platform to do this. Whether we work in an office, work construction, or stay at home to raise children, our vocations are opportunities to live out our Christian faith. This is why it is important that we learn to work hard as we spread the Good News about Jesus!
Pastors Stan and David