Woman of the Bible: Lydia, A Business Woman
We meet her in verse 14 of Acts 16. And a certain woman named Lydia, from the city of Thyatira who was a seller of purple cloth. It's important to note that only the elite of that day even wore garments dyed in expensive purple in which she handled and sold.
It’s interesting that the bible records Lydia personally by name verses introducing her as just "a woman." She heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ out of the mouth of Paul the Apostle and the Bible says that “God opened her heart to hear and to receive” the gospel that Paul preached. Lydia believed and she was baptized, along with her household afterward.
Lydia, a business woman of means and wealth who held a trade as a “seller of purple cloth.” It's impressive to note that Lydia was receptive of the message from a place of life’s comforts as opposed to receiving the gospel because she was undergoing hardships, broken, or down on her luck. Truth is, that everybody needs the Lord. And it starts with you hearing and then opening your heart receiving the message and call of Jesus Christ just like Lydia did right where you’re at.
The Bible declares “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”
“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
her reception to the preaching of Paul, Lydia’s life became all the more richer. Why settle for status quo when Christ offers those who receive him "life more abundantly!"
Bible References: Acts 16 & Romans 10 https://youtu.be/Xozyd7ylhm0