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Priscilla And Aquila

The apostle Peter uses a lovely expression of a Christian husband and wife when he describes them as joint-heirs of the grace of life. Priscilla and Aquila were a wonderful example of just such a couple - joint heirs indeed of the grace of life! You never read of them separately. They were always together.

Our first introduction to them is when the apostle Paul lived with them at Corinth. They had the same trade as Paul - tent-making - and that brought them together. I've often wondered whether it was during those days in Corinth they first came to know the Lord. If so, they made rapid progress spiritually, for Paul only stayed in Corinth for 18 months. Then he moved on to Ephesus and they went with him. And in Ephesus, where they made their new home, they met Apollos. The Bible describes him as mighty in the Scriptures. But when Aquila and Priscilla heard him preaching in the synagogue they detected he wasn't clear on the difference between John's baptism and the baptism of disciples of the Lord Jesus. So they invited him home and, to use the Bible expression, "They expounded unto him the way of God more carefully". It says much for Apollos that he was willing to accept the help they offered, and for them also, that they were able to give it. They used their home in the service of the Lord, as all of us can who have homes. In fact, their home became the meeting place of the church.

They were certainly a great couple. Paul refers to them as his fellow workers in Christ Jesus. He says for his life they laid down their own necks. And not only did he give thanks for them, but so did all the churches of the Gentiles. So as they travelled they came well known, and many had cause to thank God for the help they gave.

What was the secret of their useful lives? Maybe the expression Paul uses gives us a clue. They laid down their own necks, he says. Is he thinking of the oxen taking the yoke on their necks? And of the Master's words "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me?" Priscilla and Aquila had done that, there's no doubt. At some stage in their Christian experience they'd decided to yield themselves to the Lord. And that's what taking His yoke means. When an ox takes a yoke its will is broken. It no longer goes its own way, but the way its master leads.

When we take Christ's yoke and learn of Him we are handing over control of our lives to Him. It's as good as saying we're no longer going to please ourselves, but to please Him. And that's the finest decision any Christian, married or single, can make. For Christ's yoke is easy and His burden is light. Nobody could have a finer Master. Who better to control our lives than the Son of God who for our sakes died and rose again?