24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue. When Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they invited him to their home and explained to him the way of God more adequately.
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.
I love the picture of hospitality, grace, and boldness painted of Priscilla and Aquila in today’s passage of scripture. They represented discipleship at its finest. I love how they graciously invited Apollos into their home to help guide his beliefs instead of confronting him publicly. Their approach was full of love. They chose to come alongside Apollos – investing in him and helping him to come to a full understanding of what Jesus had done. And what a difference it made! Apollos went on to speak boldly about Jesus – proving he was the Messiah. Priscilla and Aquila’s approach allowed Apollos to be strengthened and encouraged, preparing him for an even more effective ministry.
What would our communities be like if we chose to guide others in a more loving way? This week, let’s choose to come alongside and invest in people’s lives.