Fellow Tentmakers (1 Corinthians 10:31)

And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them. So, because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them and worked; for by occupation they were tentmakers.
Acts 18:2-3

Paul was blessed to meet Priscilla and Aquila, fellow tentmakers, in Corinth. Clearly, this was an occupation that Paul used to not only support himself, but also to fellowship and preach the Word to others. Paul was an evangelist, a preacher, a missionary, and a tentmaker.

I wonder if Paul had to deal with the usual travails that everyone who works in a job must face? Was his workday interrupted with, “Paul, where is that tent we ordered?” or “Paul, the tent you made for us has a leak in it and needs to be repaired now! I don’t care if you need to go to Jerusalem, I need it fixed now!”

Seems a bit absurd to think the great Apostle Paul may have faced these type of mundane situations, situations that we face everyday in the workplace. Of course, the Bible does not tell us of these scenarios, but it would not be unreasonable to think it may have happened.  But one thing is clear, Paul had his sight clearly focused upon the end game. His motivation, desire, and goal was to glorify God in his life and in his work.

….or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

Paul’s attitude should be our attitude whether we are in school or the workplace. Our very lives should be focused upon glorifying God. It is only then that we truly begin to realize our full potential on this earth.

There will always be interruptions and plans that go awry doing our day. But keep your eyes squarely focused upon God and don’t be mired by your circumstances. Look up to the Lord Jesus Christ and look down upon the circumstances that hold you back.

Love and respect the Lord; seek His will in your life.