Today’s Reading | Acts 8:4-40
Responding to God
Why did Philip have such a great opportunity to share the gospel with the Ethiopian man? The answer is found in verse 26. In fact, the answer ought to be an encouragement and motivation to us. Do you ever sense the Spirit of God move your heart about sharing your faith? When God prompts you to speak to someone in your life or unit, do you immediately take action and talk to the individual He has pointed out? Philip’s example can teach us valuable lessons. In this example, we find a pattern to follow. First, he made himself available. His heart was open to God’s leading. Second, Philip responded to the prompting of God. When God moved his heart about going over to the Ethiopian, Philip obeyed. And last, he began right where the Ethiopian was. Philip helped him understand what he was reading and didn’t answer questions the Ethiopian hadn’t asked. Could there be someone God has been prompting you to reach out to? How can you make yourself available to help with his questions? When he is ready to ask, are you ready to answer? If not, there are steps you can take to prepare yourself for these questions. Ask for help.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?