Theme: Serving Others- The Holy Spirit Builds the Early Church
One of those listening was a woman from the city of Thyatira named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth. She was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.
Lydia loved God and had good friends and a successful business. Still, she did not feel like everything fit. It was like she had a few pieces to a bigger puzzle, and even these pieces she couldn’t fit together. Then God opened her heart. When she heard about Jesus, she recognized the full picture of God’s love for humanity. What’s more, she wanted other people to see God’s big picture too! She invited family and friends to come to her house and listen to Paul and Luke tell the Good News about Jesus.
You can read the Bible story of Lydia in Acts 16:11-15. Do you feel like God is showing you the big picture too? He wants you to become a follower of Jesus! Learn more in Acts 16:29-32, Romans 10:9-10, and Ephesians 2:4-9.
Try to do a puzzle without all the pieces and without the picture. Keep a few of the puzzle pieces in the box and hide them in another room. When you are part way through the puzzle, bring back the big picture and the missing pieces so you can complete the puzzle. Does it feel good to know the big picture and have all the pieces?