Saturday, September 19, 2009
Listen and Follow
Reading through Acts, the story of Philip meeting the Ethiopian has had me reflecting and contemplating how God speaks and works in my life. A few thoughts that stood out from this New Testament story found in Acts 8:26-40:
God spoke to Philip with clear instructions to follow.
He was told to go out into desert territory alone.
He obeyed without questioning or stalling with the “what if’s.”
The Holy Spirit continued to speak and direct Philip.
In the middle of nowhere Philip shared the message of Christ.
He was bold in sharing the gospel message.
Philip and the Ethiopian official traveled together on the desert road.
With the time spent together Philip taught the Ethiopian about Christ.
In the desert they came upon water and the eunuch was baptized.
Then God simply took Philip out of this relationship.
What was shared left the Ethiopian rejoicing in the Lord.
How cool is that…
This is a great illustration on how to share the gospel message!
Definitely this whole event was a divine appointment. Totally arranged by God and providentially every detail was worked out through His Spirit.
The questions I have been asking myself are:
Have I been listening to God when He is speaking to me? Would I be willing to go out into a lonely dusty place not knowing why I was going? Would I be willing to go without questioning or asking all the “what if’s” that would enter my mind? Would I be willing to share my faith with an official from another country or even one from my own country? (The last reflection is my fear!)
Through Philips obedience, God was able to draw the Ethiopian close to His heart revealing truth concerning His word. God’s way of leading others towards Himself is not difficult when His Spirit is leading.
My heart prayer is that when God speaks to me I will listen and obey and I will not enter the “what if’s” or the "fear" that will certainly come. I pray, I will walk in confidence that God is always directing, and I will speak with boldness to others no matter who they are, all in the name of Jesus.
How has God been speaking to you? What opportunities to share the message of Christ have you missed, because of your hesitation or questioning? Do you believe God is in control of all situations you might find yourself in when I am following His Spirit?
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With Love Robin
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