Text: Acts 8 (Joshua 5-6)
In Acts 8 we read of the advancement of the Gospel beyond Jerusalem and Judea and out into nearby Samaria and even to an African (Ethiopian) man. The story of this man is fascinating. He has a portion of Scripture (Isaiah) in his lap when Philip is led by God to approach him.
Philip ran to him… and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” … Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. (Acts 8:30, 31, 35)
At this, this African man surrenders to Jesus. What a portrait of how God brings people to himself. The Ethiopian has been prepared. Though not a Jew he is a worshiper of God, and he is receiving the Word of God. Philip is sent by God to share the Gospel, which he does. And, boom, the man is forever changed. We can place ourselves in this story. Once I was that Ethiopian and God used His Word and the Spirit to reach me. Now I am Philip, and so are many of you, having been entrusted with the Good News and being led by God’s Spirit to share it with others. Pray for our hearts to be attuned to those whom God is drawing. Pray for boldness to proclaim Jesus. Pray for a great harvest.
in Him, Mike