Telling The Good News

Acts 8 records the conversion of the Ethiopian Eunuch. Philip is told by an angel of the Lord to go toward the south. He obeyed the angel and his travels led him to a man of Ethiopia who was returning from worshipping in Jerusalem. When Philip approached the Ethiopian’s chariot, he heard him reading from the prophet Isaiah. This led to an opportunity for Philip to preach Jesus. The result was the Eunuch believing and being baptized. It’s a wonderful story of the power of the gospel.

The Ethiopian Eunuch was a man of great importance because he was the treasurer for the queen of Ethiopia. He would have traveled in style. Nice chariot, nice clothes, big entourage. As an Ethiopian diplomat, he would have had everything this world had to offer. However, something was missing from his life. People like this man surround us every day.  They are in our families, neighborhoods, and offices. They seem to have plenty of what this world has to offer but they are missing something. No matter how much of this world’s stuff they can accumulate they will always be searching for the one thing that brings true happiness, a relationship with Jesus Christ. That’s where we come in to the story. As Philip assisted the Ethiopian we are to always be ready to assist those in our life who are searching for God. Consider two things we learn from Philip:

 

Philip Obeyed God

When the message to travel south came from the angel of the Lord, Philip went. When the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot,” Philip ran. This was not an easy trip. It would have been a long hot walk. Philip could have easily told the Lord that it would be too difficult of a trip and that He should find someone else. But Philip obeyed and seized the opportunity.  God has commanded us to “go” as well. At times obeying the command to “go” can be inconvenient. It can cost us time, money, and energy. However, when we consider what it cost Jesus to bring us salvation, is it too much for God to ask us to share what we have? Let’s look for opportunities to “join a chariot” and preach Jesus.

 

 

Philip Knew The Scripture

There are a lot of people like the Ethiopian around us today that have read portions of the Bible or heard snippets of Scripture but don’t understand it. Philip knew Scripture well enough to ask, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The Eunuch needed someone to explain to him what he was reading and Philip knew Scripture well enough to point this man to Jesus. This doesn’t mean that you have to be a Bible scholar or be able to quote whole chapters of the Bible to be effective in evangelism. But it does mean that we should always try to grow in our knowledge and understanding of the Bible. Because it’s not our wit, wisdom, charisma or charm that brings a person to faith in Jesus. The power is not in our words but in the Word of God.  The word of God has the power to save (James 1:21) and God has promised that His Word will not return void (Isaiah 55:10-11). 

 

You may be tempted to say, “God never gives me opportunities to share Jesus.” But they are there. As Jesus said, “Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest” (John 4:35).