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  Priscilla : A Loyal Heart  
 
 

When it comes to married women Priscilla was a role model of commitment, but she was much more than that. Her heart was fiercely loyal to the cause...

We don't know much about her; it is very possible she was a mature woman with grown kids or a young married woman who hadn't had children yet. There is no evidence of a family but that does not mean she did not have children.

1. Loyal to God

Aquila and Priscilla had moved a lot. Some of their moves were foced.

Acts 18:2-3
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 the 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.


And some were by choice.

Acts 18:18
Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchrea because of a vow he had taken.

Priscilla was obviously really committed and sold out, willing to do anything. Paul calls her a "fellow worker".

Romans 16:4
They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.

It couldn't have been easy, all these moves and new starts. Some of the moves were very painful, as when they had to leave Rome because of persecution. Sometimes when we have had a painful move we hesitate to move again even though it may be the best choice spiritually. Priscilla did not let her past hurts affect her outlook. She remained just as engaged as she had always been, may be even more so.

2. Loyal to the mission

Acts 18:26
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.

We see her dealing with Apollos along with her husband. Apollos was very well versed in the Scriptures but she was too. She held her own in terms of Bible knowledge around the brothers. She also would have helped a lot. A woman's perspective is very important. Women don't lead over men but they provide a unique outlook. Often sisters add a touch of compassion and insight into the mix.

It is very clear that Priscilla was very evangelistic and committed to the mission. We can also see that she had risked her life. Not that is radical.

Romans 16:3-4
3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.
4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.


What kinds of things could have caused her to hold back? Have we risked our lives yet for the Gospel? If not could it be that we haven't been radical enough to put our very life on the line?

3. Loyal to the church

Priscilla was incredibly hospitable. Her hospitality went beyond serving dinner. She literally opened her home to others.

Acts 18:2-3
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 the 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.


The Bible says Paul stayed with her and Aquila. This was for an extended period of time.

Acts 18:26
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.

Priscilla was hospitable with Apollos. What better way to get to a man's heart than through his stomach? Seriously, in our outreach when we open our homes and give people food and fellowship, it has an impact, we don't realize ourselves. It is our life we share, not just the Bible.

1 Corinthians 16:19
The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house.

It says the church met at their house. House churches were a very Biblical concept. In our age of church buildings and church office, are our homes still the center of the ministry? It is a sacrifice to open up our homes. Things get dirty, they get damaged; our privacy is invaded, yet what better way to serve the church than by hosting it in our warm welcoming homes. A cup of tea made in my kitchen tastes better than one made in the cold kitchen of an office.

Sisters, this is one way we can serve the church... let's open up our homes. Hospitality is valued in this country and people are always eager to share what they sometimes don't even have themselves.

4. Loyal to her friends

In Acts 18 it says that Aquila and Priscilla went to Syria with Paul

Romans 16:3-4
3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus.
4 They risked their lives for me. Not only I but all the churches of the Gentiles are grateful to them.


Here Paul calls them fellow workers. Paul then says they risked their lives for me. It also explains that everyone was grateful for them.

Priscilla obviously understood about close relationships. When she worked with someone for the Gospel they became very tight. It wasn't just a functional relationship either.

1 Corinthians 16:19
The churches in the province of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house.

Here it shows that she kept the connection.

2 Timothy 4:19
Greet Priscilla and Aquila and the household of Onesiphorus.

Here it is also clear that the friendship continued even through the physical separation.

For Priscilla friendship was for life; it meant risking her life for her friends, working together, sacrificing, moving, opening her home, suffering for each other. There was a commitment there that transcended the lines of duty or temporary assignments.

When we move to a different city do we keep up our friendships? We need to be genuine in our relationship. The Bible says the world will know we are disciples by our love for one another.

John 13:34-35
34 "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."


Priscilla's commitment is very challenging. It wasn't so much her hard work that is convicting, although that is definitely an upward call; what is ever more challenging is her fierce loyalty to her convictions, her love for God, the mission, the church, and her friends. She never gave up; in fact it seems she became stronger as the years went by.