THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21
30 Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him… 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, was the prophet talking about himself or someone else?”
Acts 8:30-31, 34 (NLT)
GO SHARE: START WHERE OTHERS ARE SPIRITUALLY
In his book The Pursuit of Holiness, Jerry Bridges writes, “Henry Clay Trumbull was, among other things, a great personal evangelist. One day he found himself seated on a train next to a young man who was drinking quite heavily. Each time the young man opened his bottle, he offered a drink to Mr. Trumbull, who declined with thanks. Finally, the young man said to Mr. Trumbull, ‘You must think I’m a pretty rough fellow.’ Mr. Trumbull’s gracious reply was, ‘I think you’re a very generous-hearted fellow.’ This opened the way for an earnest conversation with the young man about his need to commit himself to Christ.”
In the sermon, Mike taught us how important it is to meet people where they are when we are trying to reach them for Christ. If we are paying attention we should know where they are and then help them grow from that point. In Acts 8 the Ethiopian eunuch didn’t understand the Bible but he wanted someone to help him. Philip was ready and willing to sit with him and answer his questions.
Christ met unbelievers where they were. He realized what many Christians today still don’t seem to understand. Cultivators have to get out in the field. According to one count, the gospels record 132 contacts that Jesus had with people. Six were in the Temple, four in the synagogues and 122 were out with the people in the mainstream of life. (J. K. Johnston)
Ask God to open up your eyes outside of the walls of our church buildings to see people where they are. Praise God for not being limited to a building to work in a person’s life.