The Gospel was growing, the Church was gaining momentum and Paul was encountering stronger opposition as the time passed. God was not caught off guard or surprised. He brought anther evangelist on the scene–Apollos. Apollos knew Jesus, his style was different than Paul’s and his education was not quite as complete–But his heart was on fire. Paul’s friends Pricilla and Aquila shared what they had learned from Paul and Apollos became a mighty warrior. He fearlessly took on the opposition in debate and moved the Jewish seekers to Christ.
Paul was still moving and strengthening the churches throughout the region and building the Gentile component equally effectively. God used the two men to have a mighty impact. On their own each had a great and growing ministry, but together they were reaching an amazing number of people throughout the region.
In our culture, we have to realize our faithfulness will be used to influence the world for Christ. We do not all reach the same people, our pasts, background and training uniquely prepare us for the mission he has laid out for us. We should not compare or speculate what God’s plan for us is–instead we need to simply follow his lead and speak the truth. The most amazing art is–we will have no idea the scope of our impact until we join him in Heaven. He only asks that we remain faithful and available–he will do the rest.
God Bless You
After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.24 Meanwhile a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was a learned man, with a thorough knowledge of the Scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and he spoke with great fervor and taught about Jesus accurately, though he knew only the baptism of John. 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.
27 When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed. 28 For he vigorously refuted his Jewish opponents in public debate, proving from the Scriptures that Jesus was the Messiah.