“… and because he was a tent maker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.” (Acts 18:3-4, NIV)

Paul in the Synagogue

Many of us don’t consider the fact that Paul was a tent maker before he became an evangelist. As such, he was able to see himself as a man of the people. This is obvious from the company he kept, and from the places he found his listeners. He spent his days (and nights) with ordinary people who worked ordinary jobs and lived ordinary lives. The book of Acts records several instances where Paul talked to people assembled in the marketplace – or town square – a logical place to find a group of people in those small, yet crowded towns.

How did his work as a tent maker fit into this? By having a trade of his own, Paul sent an important signal to the people that Christianity respects and values the honest work of one’s hands. The results of a person’s honest daily work, and the fruit of his or her skills, are to be respected. By spending time with fellow tent maker, Aquila, Paul made a friend, got a place to live, got a base for his evangelism work, and gave a very visible sign to everyone that honest daily work is a good thing.

In that sense, all Christians have their faith and the value of their daily work in common. It doesn’t make any difference whether the work is paid or unpaid. We are all of the same trade, and when the work is done in a spirit of obedience to God, it all (in a manner of speaking) pays the same.


Enjoy your day, “Working for Christ”!

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4 Comments on “IT ALL PAYS THE SAME!”

  1. excellent insights as always


  2. Loved it! Yes, it does all pay the same, the wonderful gift of eternal life spent in Heaven with Jesus to all who believe!


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