30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
By obeying the prompting of God, Philip encounters a man (an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Ethiopians) who is seeking for understanding and so ready to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior. We don’t know much of what happened later on, but we can only imagine how that impacted that nation!
This is a reminder that the Good News was not just for the Jewish nation, but to all who receive it. Because Shanghai Community Fellowship is a diverse community, we are proclaiming the Good News to the nations every week! We might never know the full impact of what we do, the conversations we have and the people that get to know and accept Jesus here in Shanghai, but next time you feel a prompting of God to do something and/or talk to someone, remember Philip’s example! It might make an eternal difference in someone’s life AND nation.
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell you about God or Jesus?
- What does this passage tell you about humanity?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this message in an area of your life that needs transformation?
- Is there anyone you think should hear or will benefit from this message? Go and tell them.
Stop and ask God to place a nation on your mind and heart. Pray for the people to blessed by God, the church to shine brightly and for God to be present in that place.