We’ve been going through the Book of Acts here at the Pizza Ranch Support Center. Today we looked at Acts 8:26-40, which is the story of Philip and the Ethiopian. The Ethiopian was an important official in charge of all the treasury of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship God, but at the same time was seeking Him, looking for the truth. God sees the Ethiopian man and sends Philip to reveal the truth to him.
We live in a world where confusion is all around us. There is so much false information, half-truths and lies that we hear every day. We can’t get away from it, especially on social media. People are so hungry for truth that they are at risk to fall in line with about any “post” they see or read online. People are seeking, searching, curious, watching, and hungry to know. They may have heard or read some of the Bible before, but they’re simply confused about it all.
The story of Philip and the Ethiopian is a challenge for believers to:
- Take the nudge God gives you to talk to folks and start a conversation.
- Watch how God will open a door in that conversation to point them to Jesus somehow.
- When that door opens, step into the gap and start. Bring that conversation around, pointing people to the truth of Christ.
- Know that God has prepared that person to hear, that God will give you the words to say, and that God will help that person hear and understand.
You and I are needed right where we are. Remember, God chooses normal, unqualified, everyday sinners like you and me to tell and show others the way. To be a difference maker for the Kingdom. To be bold even if we’re not confident, or fumble over our words, or if we fear persecution from others. He’ll turn the misery we have sometimes, into our ministry. The Holy Spirit will help us to use our own story to point people to Christ. To help our words become His. May this happen here for us, in your own communities, and throughout the world.