Her name was Priscilla

She is best known by her nickname, Priscilla. Her name, Prisca, means “ancient” in Latin.

Her story: Acts 18:2-26; 1 Corinthians 16:19; Romans 16:3-5

Priscilla was married to Aquila. They were Italian Jews who left Rome when all Jews were ordered to leave the city. They moved to Corinth and it was there they met Paul. Because Paul and the couple were tentmakers and believers, they had much in common. They invited Paul to stay with them and they worked and ministered together. Paul lived with them while he evangelized to the Jews and Greeks. When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul focused on the Jews and he moved to the house of another Jewish believer who lived near the synagogue. After that, persecution intensified. Paul and the couple stayed in Corinth for about a year and half, teaching the church there. Aquila and Priscilla also had a church in their home. Eventually, Paul, Aquila and Priscilla sailed to Syria and Ephesus. Aquila and Priscilla settled in Ephesus. Paul stayed a short time and then moved on. While he was gone, Aquila and Priscilla met Apollos, another teacher who was preaching the Gospel. After they heard him speak in the synagogue, they took him aside and explained the way of God more accurately, showing him where he did not fully understand Scripture and Christ. Priscilla and Aquila are mentioned in two of Paul’s letters. They are described as a couple who took great risks for Paul and who had a great impact on the Gentile churches. They ministered to others wherever they lived and had churches in their own home.

Her legacy for us: Others may recognize by our vocations, but our love for people and our actions to help and equip others is what identifies us as His children. Whether we meet physical needs or teach Biblical truth, we are the living-walking-around hands and feet of our Lord.

Our response to Him: How well do I recognize opportunities to meet the needs of those around me? When others look at my life, do they see an example of meeting temporal and eternal needs motivated only by my love for You?

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