READ: Acts 8:26-40
- The first voice Philip hears is “the angel of the Lord.” He’s the one who sent Philip to the desert road. After arriving there, it’s the Holy Spirit who says to join the chariot. Almost like parentheses, the Holy Spirit then appears at the end of the story. It’s enough to make the reader think that everything that happens in between is the work of the Spirit. The eunuch is reading the Spirit inspired Scriptures which Philip (full of the Holy Spirit—Acts 6) explains. As a result, the eunuch wants to follow Jesus (clearly the work of the Spirit).
- Those who are “full of the Spirit” follow the leading of the Spirit. When they do, they are positioned to be used and to make a difference. It’s such a powerful story to remind us to be listening to and to be obedient to the Spirit of God. He has the ability to use us beyond our expectations if we are listening and open. And who doesn’t want to be used by the Spirit?
- Many believers feel useless to God. Potentially, it is because of sin in their life. But far more often, it is simply because they lack the confidence that God would (could) use them. He can…and He will use all of us…especially when we are open and listening. Maybe this story can motivate us to make ourselves available. Maybe it can convince us to be confident in God’s presence. Maybe it can remind us that this is not about us, but about Him.
- How do you complete this sentence: “I do/don’t believe God can use me, because…”
- Why did you answer the way you did?
- Describe a time when you sensed God was using you.
PRAY: Commit to being available. Ask God to make you aware when He’s using you or has used you. Pray that more of us are open to His use.