Sharing the Good News. What Can Stand in Our Way?

 

 

What Hinders Us?

 Cell phones calling-

Televisions blaring-

Messenger messaging-

Twitter notifying-

Instagram posting-

Facebook friending-

Online chatting-

Blue light beaming-

 

Did we notice a man reading?
Did we see a man hungering?
Did we hear a man asking?
 Look, here is a man waiting.
Did we stop for him?
Did we go to him?
Did we share Jesus with him?

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26 Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” 27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian[a] eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.” 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.

 32 This is the passage of Scripture the eunuch was reading:

 33“He was led like a sheep to the slaughter,
    and as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
    so he did not open his mouth.
     In his humiliation he was deprived of justice.
    Who can speak of his descendants?
    For his life was taken from the earth.”

 34 The eunuch asked Philip, “Tell me, please, who is the prophet talking about, himself or someone else?” 35 Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.

 36 As they traveled along the road, they came to some water and the eunuch said, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?”

 [37] Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”  

 The eunuch answered, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

  38 And he gave orders to stop the chariot. Then both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water and Philip baptized him. 39 When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord suddenly took Philip away, and the      eunuch did not see him again, but went on his way rejoicing. 40 Philip, however, appeared at Azotus and traveled about, preaching the gospel in all the towns until he reached Caesarea.  (Acts 8:26-40 NIV)

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What hinders us from going forth like Philip? We don’t have to travel far to find someone who needs to hear the gospel: our neighbor, our co-worker, our friend, our family member, our hairdresser, our barber, our mail carrier, our online friend, a man reading . . .

What hinders us?

 Just us.

 Look, here is a person who needs to hear the Good News.

What can stand in our way.

(Sharon G. Tate blog 04/07/19)  teacherforjesus.com  Meditations on God’s Word

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