"After they were come to Mysia, they assayed to go into Bithynia: but the Spirit suffered them not. And they passing by Mysia came down to Troas. And a vision appeared to Paul in the night; There stood a man of Macedonia, and prayed him, saying, Come over into Macedonia, and help us." Acts 16:7-9
When they came to Macedonia they instead met a group of women. "And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple, of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us : whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul. And when she was baptized, and her household, she besought us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful to the Lord, come into my house, and abide there. And she constrained us." Acts 16:14-15
In chapter 13 Paul and Barnabas said it was necessary that this Good News from God should be given first to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and shown yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to Gentiles. And here we see the gospel also being offered to women, and to their families.
Why women and not men?
Just looking at this scripture, Acts 16 you see how that women were a receptive audience towards the gospel more than men.
- Women received the apostles, met for prayer and were taught the Scriptures, but their men grabbed Paul and Silas instead and dragged them before the judges and condemned them at the marketplace.
- Women invited the apostles in their own houses, but men begged the apostles to go, and brought them out and pled with them to leave the city.
You see how women were also accepted in the grace of God? Timothy wrote, "And a certain woman named Lydia...which worshipped God, heard us : whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul." Peter said, "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him. The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)" Acts 10:34-36.
"...Come over into Macedonia, and help us..."
The Lord had called the apostles to preach the gospel to these women, and their families, and to the keeper of the the prison of course and his family too. The man yelled, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house." Acts 16:31-34.
Be willing to be spoken to the word of God. By so doing God will open your heart also that you should attend to or believe the things concerning the kingdom of God.
Jesus needs to be brought in your house, family, and should be set before them as meat, so that they also believe in God also.
Simple Gospel Summation