Since my husband and I first heard the names Aquila and Priscilla, we were captivated. Always mentioned together, and with repeated gratitude from Paul for their impact on the church, this couple became a source of inspiration for our own marriage. Although their names appear only six times, their impact has reached much further than the handfuls of words that comprise their written story.
In an effort to humanize Aquila and Priscilla further, I’ve caught myself speculating about what their relationship might have looked like, but scripture doesn’t provide many details about the inner-workings of their daily life.Siemens 6ES7 322-1BF01-0AA0 module Each passage does, however, point to the pillars of their lives and how God used them to impact the early church.GENERIC HDF1205S HDF1205S (BRAND NEW)
Pillar 1: They were willing to face the unknown.
they heard him, invited him to their home, and explained the way of God to him more adequately. Watlow J4A122 Firerod Cartridge Heater 240V 150W USED
Then later, Paul mentions “the church that meets at their house.” (Romans 16:5 and 1 Corinthians 16:19). Aquila and Priscilla kindled the fire of the early church through fellowship in their home.
Pillar 3: They served and worked TOGETHER.
By mentioning their names jointly in all 6 passages, Paul reinforces the fact that Aquila and Priscilla’s actions, thoughts, and mission were unified. Now, we may not all be equipped to work together with our spouses in our vocational work, but we can all work together in our missional lives. We can encourage, support, and fill in the gaps for one another.1PCS IXYS SCR module MDD26-12N1B
At the end of Paul’s letter to the church in Rome, we learn that Aquila and Priscilla were again living in Rome after the emperor Claudius had died and the exile had ended. Paul writes to the church,
Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, who risked their lives for me, to whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles. Romans 16:3-4
Wow, their impact echoed. Both near and far, the ripples of their ministry were felt across “all the churches of the Gentiles.”Gravé Ouvre-Lettre Optionnel Texte Imprimé Nom - Quinn
These key pillars can serve as a framework of how to live out a marriage that becomes its own ministry: united, together, in the name of the Lord.
I pray that, as we unite with our spouses on the big-picture purpose of life, God will give us new sight to recognize the ways that we were purposely paired together. I pray, also, that, when we recognize the power of unity in our marriages, our homes will become bright reflections of God’s glory, drawing people into our homes to discover a deeper knowledge of God.
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Audra is mother to two young children and has a passion for encouraging women in their roles at home in both marriage and motherhood. She enjoys sharing her journey of refinement and learning through these important roles.