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July 6, 2017

Using Your Marriage as a Ministry!

Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my co-workers in the ministry of Christ Jesus.” Romans 16:3 (NLT)

I have a list of Biblical heroes, great men and women of God that were used mightily to change history, save nations, and live courageously. We could all name off a list of other great heroes like Abraham, Moses, Joshua, David, Esther, Peter, Paul and Mary – just to mention a few! Among these giants of the faith, I’m particularly impressed with a married couple, Aquila and Priscilla. I love the description one author wrote about them and the challenge they present to every Christian couple that elevates God’s purpose in marriage:

“In an age when the focus is mostly on what happens between a husband and wife, Aquila and Priscilla are an example of what can happen through a husband and wife.”

If you’re married, have you considered what God may want to do through you as a couple? Have you considered using your marriage as a ministry? What a challenge! If you’re single and seeking a mate, have you considered what it is that God may want to do through your marriage with the partner you are seeking?

When we are introduced to Aquila and his wife, Priscilla, in Acts 18, we find a couple who were available to God in the midst of transition. Tentmakers by trade, they were deported from Rome and were trying to settle in a new city called Corinth when they met a missionary who needed a place to stay. That missionary was Paul, the apostle!  Their lives would never be the same! What a difference their simple availability and willingness to be used made in their marriage and in the Kingdom of God! Later, we see them used of God in mentoring another rising star among the apostles by the name of Apollos and finally planting a church in their home when they moved back to Rome.  Paul described them like this,

“They once risked their lives for me. I am thankful to them, and so are all the Gentile churches.” Romans 16:4 (NLT)

Aquila and Priscilla were partners together in ministry! What a vision for marriage!