Today’s Reading: Acts 18:23-19:12 (additional reading: Psalm 146:1-10 & Proverbs 18:2-3)
Apollos, a Jew from Alexandria, was an educated man, he was an eloquent man, mighty in the Scriptures, fervent in spirit, still could not take people any further than he himself had been. Notice what Aquila and Priscilla did and did not do. This verse says “they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately. They opened their hearts and their home to this young preacher. They did not embarrass him in public but privately, lovingly completed his theological picture.
Who do not have in your life that gave you needed encouragement? Is there someone in your life in whom you have noticed a gift that needs acknowledging and encouraging.
Charles Swindoll asks the following; “Who taught Martin Luther his theology and inspired his translation of the New Testament? Who visited Dwight L. Moody at a shoe store and spoke to him about Christ? Who was the elderly woman who prayed faithfully for Billy Graham for over twenty years? Who financed William Carey’s ministry to India? Who helped Charles Wesley get underway as a composer of hymns? Who personally taught G. Campbell Morgan, “the peerless expositor,” his techniques in the pulpit? You probably don’t know do you?” Swindoll goes on to write, “Had it not been for these unknown people – those nobodies – a large chunk of church history would be missing. And a lot of lives would have been untouched. But they were people just like you and me and God used them to encourage and empower others and as a result church history was changed. God use you to empower others.”
Let me give you three steps to empowering someone for Christ.
1. Pray and ask the Lord to Lead you to someone who needs some encouragement. They are all around you. You may not even need this step because you already know someone. Just as Aquila and Priscilla did in the life of Apollos. God has someone you could encourage.
2. Look for unrealized potential in people around you. Aquila and Priscilla did not reject Apollos.
3. Take the time to make an investment in the life of someone who needs empowerment. Decide right now how you are going to encourage someone! Make a plan for carrying it out.
In verse 27 we are told, “And when he desired to cross to Achaia, the brethren wrote, exhorting the disciples to receive him; and when he arrived, he greatly helped those who had believed through grace; (28) for he vigorously refuted the Jews publicly, showing from the Scriptures that Jesus is the Christ.”
In verse 27 and 28 we are told that Apollos became a great help to those who believed. He refuted the Jews in public and proved the deity of Jesus from the Scriptures. Apollos was one of the best communicators of his day. All because of the investment of one devoted tentmakers.