Friday, November 2, 2018

Aquila and Priscilla

Bobservations Column
Pastor Bob Lawrenz

    Aquila and Priscilla are a delight to read of in the scriptures. As Jesus sent the Apostles and Disciples out two-by-two, it’s a natural fit when the two are a married couple. When God said in the Garden of Eden that the two shall become one, there are then male and female insights that mesh and bond together like no other pairing. We don’t hear of Aquila or Priscilla without hearing also of the other. Their individual ministries meshed like hand and glove understanding and supporting one another.

    Norine’s Uncle and Aunt spoke to us about the ministry shortly after I was ordained. More specifically, Auntie spoke up and encouraged us strongly to travel and minister together. This Aunt and Uncle had been in ministry for 40 years at the time, and these were words of wisdom from folks experienced in ministry and who loved us in the Lord and in the family.

    It was just a piece of counsel shared casually, and the wisdom of it has born out over the 30 years of our ministry. Being one-in-the-spirit on most everything is a blessing that blesses over and over again. The benefits are mutual support, immediate input from another point of view, and protection for the ministry and the marriage against foreign accusations. These things are immeasurable, and they also take the exercising of our faith to accomplish.

    At times it comes easily, and at other times the requisite humbling of one’s self, as both are encouraged, directed, and then guided to decisions. Aquila and Priscilla’s ministry is not necessarily Earth-shaking, but it is profound and life-changing for others, and a blessing to each other.

    The issues of marriage are the issues of the Church. The Apostle Paul expands upon this in 1 Corinthians 7, and in Ephesians 5, he reminds us that the marriage relationship is as Christ and the Church.

“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, 
and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. 
This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.”   
~ Ephesians 5:31,32 ~

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