26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch… reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot… “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him…
34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.
36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” (Acts 8:26-36)
Can you imagine being Philip on this journey? The Lord sends him into the wilderness, not the busy market streets but a desert road. Why not let Philip continue to minister in Samaria, where it seems like his ministry is having great success? But Philip goes, and on the road he encounters an Ethiopian Eunuch, not just anyone, but a court official, traveling home from Jerusalem. The Spirit prompts Philip to approach and he probably couldn’t believe his ears.
The Eunuch was searching for God. He likely had just completed a trip to Jerusalem where he hoped to learn more about the God of Israel. He picked up a scroll containing portions of the book of Isaiah and had been reading it, but it didn’t make sense. How could anyone understand unless someone explains it to him? Just then, Philip, being obedient to the Spirit of God, approaches. “Do you understand?”
A simple question opened the door to the Gospel. By being faithful to follow God, Philip found himself exactly where he was needed. God used Philip to share the message of His love for him, and when they were finished, he asked to be baptized.
We don’t always know what God has in store for us. We don’t know where the day will take us. But when we are faithful in the little things, when we say yes to God and step out in faith, we just might find ourselves being the conduit God chooses to bless someone else.
God still speaks. If we are faithful to follow God and say yes to His work in our life, God won’t just speak to you, but through you. God can use your story, your life, your witness to open the door for someone else. God will speak his love through you.
This week we are wrapping up our series God still speaks with a special baptism service out at Cedar Lake Farm Regional park. We invite you to join us as we worship, hear testimonies of what God is doing and baptize others, and as we share in a time of fellowship following the service. We will meet under the pavilion at 10 am, and will have a potluck lunch following the service. In the event it is raining, we still plan to hold the service in the picnic shelter unless conditions prevent us from being able to hold the service and stream at 10 am.
In Christ’s Service,
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