Christianity Works - January 6

Making Tents
by Berni Dymet

Acts 18:1-4 After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. There he found 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, and, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together—by trade they were tentmakers. Every Sabbath he would argue in the synagogue and would try to convince Jews and Greeks.

Had coffee with a man just recently. By any measure - he's been successful as a businessman. Now - he's an accountant and God bless all the accountants out there but me - I think I'd die if I had to do that for a living. But he loves it - he's in his sixties now.

And I was intrigued. I asked him - "Why do you still do it?" I mean he could obviously afford to retire.

And he smiled. He said quite simply - because I like to help people.

He gives much of his money away. I know so many people - people who believe in God - who feel that all they can do is be an accountant, or a childcare worker, or whatever it is they do. It seems mundane, boring.
The Apostle Paul by trade was a tentmaker. And yet who would have thought that a tentmaker in the first century could still be used of God to bless you and me, two thousand years later. 

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