According to the legend, Zeus and Hermes came to the Phrygian hill country disguised as mortals seeking lodging. Though they asked at a thousand homes, none took them in. Finally, at a humble cottage of straw and reeds, an elderly couple, Philemon and Baucis, freely welcomed them with a banquet that strained their poor resources. In appreciation, the gods transformed the cottage into a temple with a golden roof and marble columns. As for the inhospitable people, the gods destroyed their houses. It appears that, seeing the healing of the crippled man and remembering the legend, the people of Lystra believed that Zeus and Hermes had returned and wanted to pay them homage lest they incur the gods’ wrath.
A Christian should so shine in his life that a person could not live with him a week without knowing the gospel. His conversation should be such that all who spend time with him would understand clearly to whom he belongs and who it he serves. – Spurgeon