On the Sabbath we went a little way outside the city to a riverbank, where we thought people would be meeting for prayer, and we sat down to speak with some women who had gathered there. Acts 16:13 NLT
Paul and Silas have arrived in Macedonia and on the Sabbath day they went to the place of worship. These men were Jews and they we keeping the tradition of their forefathers. The Sabbath day was a holy day unto the Lord in the Old Testament. So they were following the traditions. They were not in Macedonia by chance but by divine design. They did not get to the riverbank and begin to dictate what should happen there. They took the time to meet the believers who live in that community and introduce themselves.
There was no arrogance in their behavior. They knew that the Holy Spirit sent them to Macedonia and they did not have to make a big production when they arrived. Many times when people of faith assemble there are always faithful women. It was the same here. In those days, women did not have much power and prestige but they were faithful to the work of the Lord. These women were the first to greet these missionaries. When you read the Bible, you would notice that the women hold many distinguished titles. They were the last at the cross and the first at the tomb. During his ministry, Paul encountered many women whose contributions were invaluable to the gospel. Don’t judge anyone by the limitations society places on them. There is value for each person in the kingdom of God.
Thought for Today: There is room for everyone in the kingdom
Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.