PROFILE OF LYDIA, A PRAYING AND FAITHFUL BUSINESS WOMAN
Acts 16:13-15 and 40, NKJV
On the Sabbath day we went out of the city to the riverside, where prayer was customarily made; and we sat down and spoke to the women who met there. Now a certain woman named Lydia heard us. She was a seller of purple from the city of Thyatira, who worshiped God. The Lord opened her heart to heed the things spoken by Paul. And when she and her household were baptized, she begged us, saying, “If you have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come to my house and stay.” So she persuaded us. . . . So they went out of the prison [Paul and Silas] and entered the house of Lydia; and when they had seen the brethren, they encouraged them and departed.
- We know very little about Lydia from the Bible. The only verses in the Bible written about Lydia are shown above.
- She was a business woman, a seller of purple, an expensive and sought after dye.
- Notice that this mention of Lydia starts out with a prayer meeting.
- Just because these women worshiped God, it didn’t mean they were necessarily Christians as noted by Lydia’s response to the Word.
- She heard and heeded the Gospel. Lydia and all her household were baptized.
- Lydia was considered faithful to the truth and trustworthy.
- She made her home and her resources available to the apostles.