Sometimes, the most mundane actions can have the greatest impact!
In the book of Acts, an angel appears before Philip and tells him to travel south on the road that connects Jerusalem to Gaza. Philip listened to the angel, and along the way he met an Ethiopian eunuch. The eunuch was a powerful and important official who was in charge of the Ethiopian queen’s treasury.
At face value, the eunuch had everything anyone could want. He owned a fine chariot and he was a reader if the scrolls — a valuable commodity in that day and age. Still, he had a void and was searching for what he was missing, so he had come to Jerusalem to worship the Lord. He had used all of his time and resources to get from Ethiopia to Jerusalem to study God’s Word.
In Scripture, angels appear to give people to give direction, arrange meetings, ministering to people and organizing their lives. That’s why when the angel told Philip to go to the eunuch’s chariot, he didn’t just walk to it — he ran! He encountered the eunuch reading from the book of Isaiah the prophet and asked a profound question: “Do you understand what you are reading?” The eunuch replied, “How can I understand unless someone instructs me?” (Acts 8:31 NLT)
Because Philip listened to the angel and followed the steps God set out for him, he was able to share the gospel of Jesus with the eunuch. Though the man had the finest material possessions, his longing was to understand God’s Word. The truth is, everyone, regardless of their circumstances, is searching for God, so don’t be intimidated by what others have…the common denominator is that we all need Jesus!
Philip wasn’t intimidated by the man’s status. He didn’t walk away. He met him where he was, built a relationship with him, and spoke understanding about Jesus into his life. The eunuch was so moved by what Philip said that when they passed by body of water, he asked to be baptized.
Remember, they were in a desert, so they did not come by the water by chance. Nothing in life is by coincidence, and none of us are here by accident. It’s all according to God’s plan.
How can we be more like Philip, obeying God, seizing the moment, and making profound impacts in the lives of God’s people? We can’t just pray about it and we can’t just talk about it. At some point, you have to be about it and put it into action.
Through Jesus, we have the unique privilege to share and explain the Word of God to those who are hungry for it. In part 2 of this series, we will uncover 9 keys to reaching and influencing people for God, so like Philip, we can be equipped to minister to people where they are and to help them get to where they need to be in God.
Living in Grace and Peace,
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