Crossroads of Instruction

There are times in our life when God places us with someone for a specific reason to share our knowledge of Jesus. In Acts 8:26-40, Phillip is instructed by the Lord to, “Get up and go south to the road that descends from Jerusalem to Gaza (verse 26, NASB).” On the road he encounters “an Ethiopian eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians (27).” The eunuch had been in Jerusalem to worship and was reading the prophet Isaiah on his return trip.

Before Phillip was sent to the eunuch, he had been with Jesus. He had experienced Jesus’ teaching and healing. He walked with Jesus and had an intimate relationship with Him. In the same way, we read about Jesus in the scriptures. We see Him at work around us, touching lives. As we grow in our faith in Jesus, our relationship with Him grows deeper. We acquire a knowledge of Jesus that others need.

The Spirit of God tells Phillip to approach the eunuch in his chariot where he hears him reading the prophet Isaiah. Phillip asks the eunuch, “Do you understand what you are reading (30)?” The eunuch’s response is instructive to us: “Well, how could I, unless someone guides me (31)?” The eunuch had been to Jerusalem to worship. He was reading scripture. His heart was open to God. He was ready to hear what God had to say to him about Jesus.

There are people who attend our churches. They are curious about Christianity. They go to worship, perhaps not fully understanding what they experience. They read the Bible, but like the eunuch they can’t understand unless someone guides them. Our hearts are being prepared to guide them, just as their hearts are being prepared to receive God’s word. Like Phillip, we need to be obedient when God sends us.

And he ordered the chariot to stop; and they both went down into the water, Philip as well as the eunuch, and he baptized him. – Acts 8:38 (NASB)

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