Open Your Mouth
In Acts 8:26-30, we read that Philip, in obedience to the leading of the Holy Spirit, goes along the desert road and runs over to an Ethiopian eunuch’s chariot that he sees on the way. He does not know what each step he takes in obeying the Voice of God will lead him to. But this is immaterial to him. He knows enough that when God speaks, he must obey.
Acts 8:30-31 NKJV
30 So Philip ran to him [the Ethiopian eunuch], and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.
Beautiful and mighty things happen when we but simply obey God. As Philip runs to the eunuch’s chariot, the eunuch is reading a Scripture passage which he cannot understand. And God presents Philip before him right at this moment as Christ’s ambassador to lead him into understanding.
Everybody needs Jesus. Philip could have thought that this is a man of another ethnicity and besides, a very high-ranking official. Philip could have had misgiving about even asking if the eunuch understands the Scripture. Thank God Philip does not act based on these thoughts. We really must not judge the need to share the Gospel according to how the person looks, where he is at in life or the status he holds. We must never think a person is in such a low place in life that he will not be keen to listen to the Gospel. We cannot ever presume a thriving professional will not have a need for God. Everybody needs Jesus. And how can they come to know Him, unless you and I share the Good News of Jesus with them?
So upon being invited by the eunuch, Philip gets on the chariot.
Acts 8:35 NKJV
Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.
Philip does not fumble for words which he deems most diplomatically correct or impressive. Philip simply opens his mouth to preach Jesus to the Ethiopian, beginning with the Scripture he was reading earlier.
To evangelize effectively, we must study the Bible. The Gospel is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone, Romans 1:16 tells us. Therefore, it is impossible to evangelize and win souls for Christ unless we study and know the Bible. Do not be mistaken and conclude that in this case, then only those who have a diploma or degree in theology can qualify to evangelize. No! Once more, I emphasize, “No!” This only goes to show us how important and vital and necessary that you and I study the Bible. So that we are always ready to clearly tell others the Good News about Jesus and invite them to receive Christ into their lives. Evangelism and discipleship must go together. To evangelize effectively, we must continually undergo discipleship and grow in the Word. When we evangelize and win souls, we must disciple the new believers in the Word of God so that they go forth to evangelize effectively. Evangelism and discipleship. This is what God has called you and me to do that He may bring forth addition and multiplication in His Kingdom through us.
Acts 8:36-39 NLT
36 As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look! There’s some water! Why can’t I be baptized?”
38 He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water, and Philip baptized him.
39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord snatched Philip away. The eunuch never saw him again but went on his way rejoicing.
Because Philip is obedient to the Holy Spirit and makes himself available for His works every step of the way, the Gospel reaches out to the continent of Africa for the first time through the salvation of the eunuch. Because Philip is obediently available, the eunuch goes on his way rejoicing because he now lives in Christ.
Walk in step with the Holy Spirit. God ordains the situation but all would have been missed out if Philip had not responded to the Spirit of the Lord and walked into the opportune moment. We all want to be in the opportunity, whether it is in our career, family, finances or relationships. But sometimes we are not in it because we are not in sync with the footsteps the Holy Spirit leads us to take. Walk in step with the Holy Spirit, my friend. This transforms not only your life. It can transform the world.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for opening my eyes to see that every single person around me, no matter his background and status, needs Jesus. I thank You that as I preach the Gospel of Jesus, Your power is at work to bring others to salvation. I avail my life for You to use in an even greater measure, O Lord. Use me to bring my family, my workplace, my school, my community, my nation and nations beyond to know You as their Lord and Savior. Thank You, Holy Spirit, that You are leading and empowering me every step of the way. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”