God Wants to Use You
And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither. And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us. (Acts 16:13-15)
Women are vital to God’s plan for His church. There have been a lot of misconstrued ideas about the position a woman should have within the church, but one thing we know for sure in the New Testament is that there were women leaders in the early church, and they could hear from the Holy Ghost. In Acts 16, Paul met a leader and business owner in the community named Lydia. From what we can tell within the context of this Scripture, she led worship services for the new believers in the city of Thyatira.
What is noted about Lydia was that her heart was open to the Lord, and she attended to what Paul said. These are both essential distinctions because if you plan to hear from God, you must be actively listening and open for God to speak. You also need to have the mindset that you will act on what God says when He does speak.
Because of her willingness to follow the direction of the Holy Spirit, Paul baptized Lydia, and her whole family. Then Paul started having meetings at her house. To God, it doesn't matter if you are male or female, what color your skin is, what your background is, or what family you come from. What matters to Him is that you are open to receive and willing to act on what He tells you to do.
Practical Application – God used Lydia to start a church that would change a region. God will use you as well.
John 4:28; Acts 18:26