~ Tonya Masoner
The time is 49 AD when Claudius, Emperor of Rome, expelled all the Jews from Rome (Acts 18:2). On their way to Corinth, this is where we meet a remarkable husband-and-wife team-Priscilla and Aquila. Together they make tents (Acts 18: 1-3), accompany Paul on missionary journeys (Acts 18:18-19) and teach what they have learned to others (Acts 18:24-28). They are always mentioned together in scripture, Priscilla’s name appearing first, in four of the six biblical references. Some have suggested she was the more gifted of the two. So, for argument’s sake let’s say she was and take a closer look at what she brought to the table.
For one thing, they were in business together. They were tentmakers (Acts 18:3). Aquila learned to cut and sew woven cloth as a way a earning a living and then taught Priscilla to do the same. They must have had a mature relationship to be able to work under the extra pressure of having a business relationship because Priscilla doesn’t strike me as “Would you like another cup of coffee?” kind of women.
Not only were these two in business together but they were also committed Christians. Not to mention, learning from a great teacher Paul. Priscilla and Aquila shared their teachings with an Alexandrian Jew, Apollos (Acts 18: 24-26). He loved God and knew Old Testament Scripture but he did not know to repent from sin and to believe in Christ. Apollos went on to become a great preacher helping to spread the Good News with the help of two faithful friends.
Lastly, our husband-and-wife – team served the Lord together. There was much persecution of believers in the early days of the church. It was very dangerous. Paul knows all too well the dangers. He was beaten, stoned, mistreated and imprisoned. But Priscilla and Aquila opened their home to Paul when he arrived in Corinth from Athens. They traveled with Paul as he makes his way to Ephesus (Acts 18: 18-19). They held church meetings in their homes in Ephesus (1 Cor 16:19) and even risked their own lives for Paul (Acts 16: 4).
What did Priscilla bring to the table? She brought competence. Which is defined as “being qualified, capable, able or adequate to do a job.” Paul admired this quality in Priscilla. She was as a competent worker, competent Christian and competent church leader.
My job requires that I work as a team. But as an individual on that team I do the best that I can do every day in everything I do. I bring a sense of humor. When someone asks me how my day is going? I respond, “It’s a good day in the neighborhood.” You got to love Mister Rogers. We as individuals bring something different that when put together form great team work.
What do you bring to the table?