Week Ten - Day Three
Respond to the Call of the Lord
Acts 8:26-27 - Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went.
Acts 8:29-30 - And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet...
Notice the promptness with which Philip responds. Why is this? What does he have that allows him to trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit so faithfully? Philip had been a part of the church for years. He was one of the 7 deacons elected to serve the church in Jerusalem (Acts 6:5). He may have been one of the 72 disciples that Je- sus sent out in Luke 10. God had worked through Philip days before this in bringing salvation to many Samaritans. Philip had clearly seen the Lord work; his faith in God was solid. Philip’s confidence in the Lord’s work allowed him to serve eagerly.
Others in Scripture demonstrate this quick response to God’s call. The apostle Paul once had a vision to change his direction of travel and “immediately” he and his companions changed direction to preach in Macedonia instead of Bithynia (Acts 16:9-10). This resulted in us having the letter to the Philippians!
Philip seems to have the same heart as Isaiah did in Isaiah 6 when he was in the throne room of God: “And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ‘Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?’ Then I said, ‘Here I am! Send me’ (Isaiah 6:8).
Having seen God work, these men responded quickly to serve the Lord. Where have you seen the Lord work? Will he be as faithful in the future as he has been in the past? Will he be faithful to do even greater things through you for his kingdom?
- How does your responsiveness to God's call reflect your trust of his character?
- Recall 3 times in your life when God has been faithful to you.
- How will God be faithful to others (like your One Life) through you?