2011-08-05 - What Would Philip Say?
Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus. (Acts 8:35)
It is important to know Scriptures. Without that knowledge, I would be lost. I certainly would have had no means in shedding light on the Ethiopian's questions. I came across an Ethiopian reading from the book of Isaiah. I felt God telling me to go near to the man. I didn't walk, but ran toward this man, and heard him reading aloud. I asked if he understood what he was reading. I didn't mean to insult the man's intelligence, and it certainly wasn't the normal way I start a conversation, but he seemed to be having difficulty with Isaiah's words. The man said no, and invited me to sit next to him.
The man was well-respected, with much authority in the Ethiopian government. God gave me the opportunity to explain the passage, and opened the door to talk about Jesus. The man was extremely receptive, and saw some water down the road.
Water in the desert? Amazing. The Ethiopian wasn't thinking about his physical need of thirst, but his spiritual need, and the man was baptized on the spot, at his own urging.
How God used me! All I had to do was obey; God took care of the rest.
Lord, My flesh doesn't want to do what You have called me to do. I know better than to listen to my own excuses. I need some encouragement, if I am to do Your will. Thank You that I can be honest and know You don't hold it against me, but continue to love me. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
Do you find it easy or difficult to share your faith?