My long awaited trip to Greece has arrived! Yesterday we visited Neopolis or present day Kavala where Paul and Silas first set foot on Macedonian soil. Then on to Phillipi where he met Lydia, the first Christian convert in Greece. She was baptized in the river just outside of the village.
Acts 16:13-15 And on the Sabbath day we went outside the gate to the riverside, where we supposed there was a place of prayer, and we sat down and spoke to the women who had come together. One who heard us was a woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira, a seller of purple goods, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what was said by Paul. And after she was baptized, and her household as well, she urged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” And she prevailed upon us.
My thoughts drifted to where I was when I first realized who Jesus was and my own need for a savior. I can only imagine the realization relief Lydia must have felt as she encountered the spirit of the living God in her heart as Paul spoke about Jesus. Start your day with a prayer of thanks for knowing Jesus. If you don’t know him, pray for him to make himself known to you today.
Blessings from Greece,