Tentmaking and Reasoning

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. 2 There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, 3 and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. 4 Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. Acts 18:1-4

Paul did what he had to do to stay in Corinth. He didn’t want to be a burden for the people he was visiting (as he’s said elsewhere) so he made tents to earn his keep.

He wasn’t content just to show up at synagogue every Sabbath; he was a fighter. He had to make a case and reason with synagogue attenders and Greeks. Paul had plenty of time throughout the week formulating his arguments. It was also his time to pray for the hearts and minds of those he would encounter on the Sabbath.

At this stage in Paul’s ministry, he did his battling when he reasoned and argued with the learned. Later we’ll see him preaching. He was truly a man who was all things to all people so that he could win some to Christ.

Paul preached, reasoned with the educated, made tents, and taught disciples. We don’t know how well he made tents, but Paul doesn’t strike me as a slacker because he’s just so good in all the other areas.

We may not have such a broad skill set, but we can certainly do one or two things well. What is it for you? What’s the single thing you do that you like to do and that you’re good at?

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