Acts 8:26-40; Joshua 1-2; Job 21
As the church continued under persecution in Jerusalem, Philip went out and proclaimed the gospel. Of course, sometimes that came easy. All Philip had to do in today’s reading was overtake a chariot. He heard this court official reading the book of Isaiah. The official was confused about the meaning and asked Philip to help him understand. “Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.” (Acts 8:35) When people are already reading Scripture, they’re more likely to be open to the gospel. Philip would never have known that if he hadn’t been sensitive to the Spirit leading him. The key to sharing the gospel with others is depending on the Spirit to lead. How often do we fail to share with others because we are afraid of what they might think? How often are we afraid to share with others because we think they might not be interested? How often are we afraid to share with others because we aren’t sure what to say? If we expect God to lead us to the right people and we are sensitive to His leadership we will find that God opens many doors. In some cases, they might be ready to hear the gospel then and there. In other cases we might be opening the door for others to share the gospel in the future. Whatever the situation may be, if we are sensitive and obedient to the Holy Spirit as we go through life, we will find that there are lots of opportunities to share the love of Christ with others.
Oh Lord, so often I get so self-absorbed that I don’t think about sharing Your love with others. So often I begin to fear the idea of sharing with someone who might be unreceptive to your Grace. Guide me today. Open my eyes to Your guidance and give me opportunities to share Your love with people who need You to make a difference in their lives.