The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible


Biblical Character: Lydia

One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth from the city of Thyatira, who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message.  Acts 16:14

Who was Lydia?

We know she was a business woman because she was a dealer of purple cloth. She was not just a peddler on the side of the street; she was selling expensive dye to the wealthy of society which included kings.  Scripture tells us she owned her own home (rare for women at that time), and was a well-established individual.  She believed in God…but not in Jesus.

The Over Calculated Leader

Lydia seemed to have it all together in her personal life and in her leadership. When this is the case the temptation can be to find security in those abilities and that “identity”.

Lydia did not fall into this trap, and didn’t care so much about what people thought of her, but cared more about what was important to her. Upon hearing the message from Paul, Lydia instantly accepted it, was baptized, and then quickly invited Paul and his team into her home.

Quick to Trust

We possibly go too far with making people earn our trust…instead of just giving a little sometimes. Lydia, even though she potentially had a lot to lose, quickly put her trust in Paul and Jesus Christ.


I doubt that becoming a Christian was part of Lydia’s personal “strategic” plan. Nonetheless, she identified quickly that being a Christian was something she wanted, and needed in her life.  A person never knows what the next great idea might be.  If we are so fixated by our “strategic plan”, we risk not being broad-minded enough to see the next great opportunity that presents itself.


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2 thoughts on “Broad-Mindedness

  1. I appreciate this line of logic. If we can’t allow our values determine how we will make decisions and rely on getting external results too much, we miss the real opportunities to be satisfied with our efforts. And, it just so happens that when we have values based on Love, and we are satisfied with our efforts, there is a high probability God, and Jesus, will be satisfied with them…because, “God is Love” (1 John 4:8).

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

  2. Thanks for the input Tom! I like how you put that together. Jeff

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