There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them. (NIV) Acts 18:2-3
As Paul entered Corinth, he entered a wealthy, but depraved society. Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks. To support himself while he was there, Paul worked as a tentmaker. He met “a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome. Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.” (Acts 18:2-3). Priscilla and Aquila became honored and much-loved friends of Paul. Together with Paul, they formed the nucleus of the young church in Corinth.
Priscilla is often listed before her husband, Aquila, which indicates that perhaps she was from a higher social class than her husband. In any case Priscilla and Aquila played an important role in early Christianity. Paul referred to them as “my fellow workers in Christ Jesus” (Romans 16:3). They were workers for God not slackers. The Edict of Claudius had forced them to leave Rome but, in doing so, God placed them in a position to make an impact for Him. The 2 shared Paul’s itinerant ministry. They went to Ephesus and Rome to assist the young churches. As missionaries, they shared the Gospel wherever they went (Acts 18:18; Romans 16:3; 2 Timothy 4:19).
Priscilla and Aquila were committed to God and they devoted their lives to sharing His message. How about you? Are you sharing God’s message while you’re in the workplace? At home? At the health club? In your neighborhood? Are you coming alongside one of God’s messengers and encouraging them? Are you obediently following God wherever He may send you? Or are you “bargaining” with Him wanting your own terms? How are you being diligent with expanding God’s Kingdom? Would Paul describe you as one of his “fellow workers in Christ Jesus?” If not, ask God to clearly direct you with becoming more effective in His Kingdom.