Read: Acts 18:1-4
1 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.
2 And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them,
3 and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.
4 And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade Jews and Greeks.
As I walked through the hallways of The Christ Hospital today, I thought about the interaction with the doctor in the office I had just visited and, to be honest, I felt that I had only a little impact in my sales call. I was questioning the value of my efforts as I entered the parking garage. As I approached my car I heard the bells of a church down in Over the Rhine so I walked over the the edge of the garage and listened to the bells playing a familiar tune… “count your blessings, name them one by one. And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”
When Paul went to Corinth he met Aquila and Priscilla and he worked with them making tents. What value was there in making tents? It was honest labor and it helped provide for Paul, but he lived for the Sabbath where he reasoned and persuaded both Jews and Greeks. Kind of puts a new twist on “working for the weekend, doesn’t it?
What are we to take away from Paul’s experience? Be grateful and encouraged in your everyday job and keep living for the weekend like Paul.