Occupied with the Word

“After this Paul left Athens and went to Corinth. When Silas and Timothy arrived from Macedonia, Paul was occupied with the word, testifying to the Jews that the Christ was Jesus.” Acts 18:1,5 

Paul, staying with Aquila and his wife Priscilla, worked with them for 18 months in their tent making trade, but “was occupied with the word.” Through this chapter we learn that Paul “reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and tried to persuade,” taught the word of God and saw people believe and be baptized, reasoned in the synagogue at Ephesus, sailed to Caesarea where he greeted the church, went down to Antioch to teach, traveled from one place to the next through the region of Galatia and Phrygia strengthening all the disciples.” No matter his occupation, he was occupied with God’s word, and seized every opportunity to discuss, reason, speak, teach the word that had transformed him and gave life to all who would believe. (Acts 9:1-22)

What occupies my hours, my calendar, my energy, my affections, my thoughts, my heart? Do I define myself by my occupation for which I am paid or in which I volunteer? Work is what I might do, but if who I am is a child of God, then I should be occupied with His word–reading it, studying it, meditating on it, applying it, memorizing it, and sharing it however and wherever my Lord leads. It is this occupation that fuels all others.

Father, keep me absorbed and engaged in Your word, no matter where I am or what job is before me. May occupation with Your holy and powerful and living word inform all I think and say and do.

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