When the Apostle Paul traveled from Athens to Corinth, he became acquainted with Aquila and Priscilla, a married couple who shared Paul’s occupation as a tentmaker, and his identity as a Jew.
And [Paul] found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them. And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers. – Acts 18:2, 3
During the eighteen months Paul spent with the couple in Corinth, they must have talked for many hours while crafting tents and sharing meals. In fact, they became such dear friends that Aquila and Priscilla traveled with Paul to his next destination. With all that Paul suffered during his ministry, what a respite their friendship must have been!
In several places in Scripture, Paul mentions his gratitude to the couple for their kind support.
Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my helpers in Christ Jesus. – Romans 16:3
As I thought about this couple and their role in Paul’s life, I was reminded of the importance of being a true friend to my fellow Christians, through prayer and in other practical ways. After all, we share a bond unlike that of the rest of the world. We are children of God, indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Though we won’t be best friends with every Christian we meet, we should love each one. We should particularly support those in ministry, who often endure trials we never know about.
As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. – Galatians 6:10
Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: – I Peter 1:22
I’m going to strive to remember Aquila and Priscilla’s example when I head to church on Sunday. My fellow Christians shouldn’t feel that I am too preoccupied to greet them, too busy to ask about their concerns, or too forgetful to pray for their requests. In whatever way that I can, I should be a true friend, in the spirit of Christianity.
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers. – Philemon 4
What are some ways you offer friendship to fellow Christians? Has your life been touched by a dear Christian friend? I welcome your comments as always!