Lesson Seven

“Wise in Business”

Scripture Reference: Acts 16:12-15, 40; Philippians 1:1-11

Please click this link to read your Bible below


Lydia means Bending.

Some scholars think she was called the “Lydian,” after the city of Lydia. She was a woman wise in business and doing things outside the home. She used her time and energy very wisely.


Although Lydia was from the city of Thyatira, she was a successful business woman in the prosperous city of Philippi. This area was famous for purple dye which was used to make beautiful garments. Purple was an expensive dye extracted from the mollusk (a shell-fish). The shell was crushed to give forth the fluid that would turn purple when exposed to air. Only the very rich could wear clothing of purple because it was so expensive. The wearing of purple was associated with royalty. She sold the expensive dye to color clothing. She was a wealthy person, but that did not fully satisfy her heart.


Lydia was religious and worshipped God, but she was not a Christian. A group of women met on the Sabbath for prayer. They met by the river, away from the noise and busyness of the city. Paul and Silas were in the city for a few days and they went to the prayer meeting. As Paul taught about Jesus Christ, the Lord touched the heart of Lydia and she understood about salvation. Her faith came through hearing the Word of God (Psalm 119:130; Romans 10:17). Lydia and her household were baptized (Acts 16:15). Lydia shared the “Good News” of the Gospel with those living in her house (probably her helpers and servants), and they likewise believed and were baptized. This speaks well for Lydia’s character that her servants would respect Lydia’s decision and follow her. Lydia was always busy for the Lord.


Lydia was Paul’s first convert in Europe. Since Lydia had opened her heart to the Lord, she was ready to open her home to the missionaries (1 Peter 4:9). Lydia showed her love in gracious hospitality (Acts 16:15). After Paul and Silas were released from prison, they were welcomed in the house of Lydia (Acts 16:40; Hebrews 13:2). Lydia’s home became the center of Christian fellowship in Philippi, the most important city of the area. Perhaps the first Christian church of Philippi started in the home of Lydia. In Romans 12:11 we read, “Not slothful (lazy) in business, fervent (enthusiastic) in spirit, serving the Lord.” Lydia’s life was a good example of this verse. Paul was thankful for Lydia and the hospitality she showed (Philippians 1:1-7). She was blessed because she knew how to use her time wisely. She was a successful business woman, but she also had time for God and others. She had the right priorities and goals in life.

A Thought to Remember – God loves a “caring and sharing” attitude. Lydia shared the Gospel with those around her and shared her goods or possessions with God’s servants. Anything we do for the Lord will be rewarded, and what we do for others will be remembered.

Lesson to Learn – Don’t waste your time, but use it wisely. What is your daily routine? Is your home neat and clean? Do you perform your duties as a wife and mother before you get involved in outside activities? What are your priorities? It is important to be balanced in all areas of your life. It is good to schedule and plan your life and not forget your priorities. Lydia was a Christian woman who organized her life to serve the Lord.

What are your priorities in life?