Read Acts 18 – Jesus meets people on the most ironic avenues.
Paul leaves Athens and goes to Corinth (later he will write letters to them as recorded in 1st and 2nd Corinthians). There he meets a couple named Aquila and Priscilla who arrived from Italy because Claudius Caesar deported all the Jews from Rome, :1-3. Paul, Aquila and Priscilla, lived and worked together because they were all three tentmakers.
Beloved, not all kingdom work takes place in church. You may find yourself surfing or at a coffee house or at work… any number of places… only to discover it’s right where God wants you… you don’t even have to take up tent-making.
Paul gets a vision from the Lord, telling him, “Don’t be afraid! Speak out! Don’t be silent! For I am with you, and no one will attack and harm you, for many people in this city belong to me.”(:9-10) He remained there teaching for about 18 months until a little reality tv breaks out, :12-17. The courtroom scene was almost comical, right?
Beloved, with God on your side there is nothing to fear.
Some time after that, Paul sets out on another missionary journey with Aquila and Priscilla, :18. The Jews in Ephesus asked Paul to stay on teaching, he declined, but left the others behind. An eloquent, well studied, Jew named Apollos begins teaching about Jesus with an enthusiastic spirit in Ephesus. Aquila and Priscilla took him aside and explained things even further, and Apollos went on to be a great benefit to furthering the Gospel.
Beloved, shine where you are – for Paul and Apollos, it was under the spotlight – for Aquila and Priscilla, it was in using their hospitality and mentorship to come alongside others, guarding the Gospel from the sidelines. “Those who are wise will shine as bright as the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, will shine like the stars forever.” Daniel 12:3