Theme of the Week: Marriage
Bible Verse: “He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.” Acts 18:26
Scripture Reading: Acts 18:1-3, 18-19, 24-26
Teamwork is a beautiful thing, especially those efforts which require the team to be in perfect sync with each other. A group of people working together, allowing each of their strengths to propel them toward a common goal is exciting to watch. The dedication and hard work are easily evident to the watcher.
My wife and I often tell our children, “Mommy and Daddy are on the same team.” This is usually an effort to let them know that we agree with one another so that the child doesn’t leave one parent to ask the other for an answer they prefer. That’s the way it is supposed to be. Husbands and wives are indeed on the same team and work together toward a common goal.
That was the way Aquilla and Priscilla worked. They were a husband-and-wife team who were early coworkers with Paul on some of his missionary journeys. At one point, Paul left them in Ephesus, and they encountered a preacher named Apollos. The duo took the young preacher into their home and explained the gospel to him.
The inclusion and description of Aquilla and Priscilla illustrates an important truth about marriage. It is teamwork. They worked together as is evidenced from the fact that they are never mentioned separately. When you encounter one of them, you encounter both. The implication of the repeated mention of both of their names is that they each played a vital and significant role in their ministry. Priscilla was not simply along for the ride; she was a contributor. Both Aquilla and Paul recognized her gifting and ability and included her as part of the team.
In a marriage, the teamwork is evident when both partners recognize the strengths and value of the other and look for ways to help each other express those strengths. As husbands, we can and should look for the talents and abilities of our wives. We should allow them the platform to express them and look for ways to foster their growth.
Prayer: God, thank you for my spouse. Thank you for the gifting that you have given her, for her talents and abilities. Help me to appreciate them and to support her in ways that help her continue to grow and flourish as the person you have created her to be.
Reflection: Take time today to recognize something your wife is uniquely good at.
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