This woman, first woman convert in Europe, lived around AD 50 and is mentioned in only two short passages, both in the book of Acts, but what is said tells us a lot about her.
A seller of purple cloth. Purple cloth was expensive and valuable as a sign of nobility or royalty so she was probably a wealthy businesswoman and merchant.
We see it mentioned in scripture.Curtains in the Tabernacle - purple thread.
Represented the Kingdom of God.
The rich man and Lazarus, clothed in purple.
Jesus wore a purple robe symbolic of a king while being mocked.
From the city of Thyatira. This small city was known for its commerce, and high society in Asia Minor. It was in an area noted for its abundant crops and the manufacture of purple dye from shells of ocean molusks.
A worshiper of God. This term was used for Gentiles who believed in the Jewish God, Yahweh. Although they believed in God, they were not yet believers in Christ.
A woman whose heart God opened. Paul shared the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ and through God’s divine work, she believed. She apparently was baptized right away along with the members of her household. Since her husband was not mentioned, we do not know her marital status. Lydia’s household probably included children and servants. Whether the entire household believed or not, they now lived in a Christian home.
”Men of Israel, and ‘you who fear God, listen: . . . . From this man’s seed [David], according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior—Jesus. . . . And though they found no cause for death in Him, they asked Pilate that He should be put to death. Now when they had fulfilled all that was written concerning Him, they took Him down from the tree and laid Him in a tomb. But God raised Him from the dead. . . . For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption; but He whom God raised up saw no corruption. Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through this Man is preached to you the forgiveness of sins; and by Him everyone who believes is justified from all things from which you could not be justified by the law of Moses.
A willing servant. She invited Paul and his companions to stay at her house. When God opened her heart, she believed wholeheartedly. She became a servant, tending to the needs of the missionaries. Later in Paul’s mission, he returned to Lydia’s home where he met with believers. Lydia had apparently become an active member of the local church.
As soon as Lydia believed, she went to work for Christ.
Each of us are called to work for Jesus.
She shared her faith with her family and servants. She opened her home to God’s people and continued being of service to the church.After a lifetime of faithful service, she would be greeted with the words, “Well done good and faithful servant. Come and share My happiness” Matthew 25:21.