The Book of Acts is all a part of the Great Commission, Jesus calling his disciples and followers to share the Good News over all the earth. Such a powerful and worthy challenge, and so relevant, because this call still goes forth today to all who believe. Being willing and obedient seems to be the only requirement. Having faith that God will see you through is the prerequisite.
I’m impressed with this passage of scripture, because it refers specifically to a black man, an Ethiopian. I’m also a man of color, albeit an African-American. The Bible is very implicit in highlighting this, and I’m so glad it did. It truly means that everyone is worthy of the knowledge of our faith, and everyone is accepted in God’s overall plan, even me.
Everyone can receive the Gospel, at any time and any place. Everyone is our brother. I like it because Phillip was asked to get out of his “comfort zone,” and he was obedient. Usually when we do get out of our own way while listening to God, great things happen. And not just to the person we minister to, but, in particular, to ourselves. So, we need to be obedient to our callings. God has placed something special in each and every one of us. It’s up to us to choose if we will use our gifts. But when we do, the lord will always bless us in our doing. The Spirit of the living God will always guide us correctly. So be open! You cannot judge a book by it’s cover. Phillip could have been put off by the eunuch because of his ethnicity, his social class, his authority, or even his cultural belief system. But Phillip didn’t do that. He humbled himself and he took the first step to reach out to this “strange” man. He broke the ice, and he gave illumination to the word to a man who was hungry and who wanted to grow.
My evangelistic efforts have not been that significant, but I remember a time when I spent time with a young man who was different ethnically than me. He was also hungry for knowledge and truth and needed some direction. What he didn’t realize is that what he really needed was the Word. But he needed to know that I cared first. And that took/takes time. Thankfully, by the grace of God, that caring came through!
Why should we be intentional about getting out of our comfort zones to spread the Gospel? And what does getting out of your comfort zone mean to you, what does it look like? Give an example.
Why are relationships important to the great commission? Can you give an example in your life?
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