The Bible has many fascinating stories of people being used by God in a miraculous way.  One of the most amazing stories is that of the Philip and the Ethiopian official, a eunuch, in Acts 8:26-40.  In the story, Philip is told by an angel to go to the Jerusalem-Gaza road on a stretch of the road which is nothing but desert.  This may have seemed like an unusual thing to do, but there is no indication that Philip did anything but obey immediately.  After Philip had arrived at this place, a chariot passed by with the Ethiopian official, a eunuch, who was reading Scripture from the book of Isaiah.  The Holy Spirit then told Philip to overtake the chariot, so he ran until he caught up with the chariot and was able to hear that the Ethiopian was reading from the book of Isaiah.  Philip, apparently led by the Holy Spirit, asked the Ethiopian whether he understood the passage he was reading.  The Ethiopian, who was apparently reading from Isaiah 53, the passage that speaks of Jesus trial and crucifixion, answered, ““How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him” (Acts 8:31).  Philip then preached Jesus to the Ethiopian, and they soon came to a body of water where the man asked Philip to baptize him.  Philip said that he would if the man believed in Jesus with all his heart.  After answering that he did, the Ethiopian was baptized by Philip.  This meeting was miraculous enough, but then the Holy Spirit caught Philip away to another place so that the Ethiopian did not see Philip any more.

As amazing as this story is, there are so many great opportunities that God can place us into that are equally amazing.  Sometimes they are as miraculous as the story of Philip and the Ethiopian, and we are afforded a wonderful opportunity to lead someone to Christ.  Of course, there are many opportunities that we get to serve that do not lead to us preaching Christ and leading someone to faith in Jesus.  We need to remember that all opportunities to serve are important whether they lead to us preaching Christ or not.  The important thing is that we hear the prompting of the Holy Spirit and that we obey.  There is so much work that goes into leading someone to the point that they accept Christ, and each step along the way is important.  There is much sowing and tending to the work of the Holy Spirit before the moment of reaping, so we must all be ready always for any step of service regardless of how humble whether it leads to the step of reaping and leading them to faith or not.  If our heart is tender and we walk closely with God in daily fellowship, He can use us in all sorts of ways that may seem mundane to us but are as miraculous as the meeting of Philip and the Ethiopian because they are God appointments, set up by God and using our various talents, skills, spiritual gifts, and our tender hearts of Godly love.  Sometimes the most humble acts of service and love in a short moment of time are just as important as any grander act – very brief moments of time as our lives glance by someone else’s and we never see that person again. 

We tend to think that the grander acts where we preach Christ and lead someone to faith are the only important ones.  But all the work, even the most humble things, are important to God and to the person whom we are serving however momentarily and short the time or the act.  I’ve been led by the Holy Spirit to preach Christ to many people in various jobs I’ve had or various ministries such as the jail ministry I had in the early 90’s in the Jackson, Mississippi, area.  Then there were long periods in which I never had the opportunity to preach Christ, yet I had many opportunities to serve, sometimes the mundane service of helping someone who was broken down on the side of the road, helping someone reach something on a shelf at Walmart, helping someone out in traffic in a congested area, pausing for a moment to talk to someone in the middle of a crowded grocery store as God set up a short moment where I could listen for a moment to a lonely person who needed encouragement, or even showing patience and smiling in a cashier’s line as someone in front of me was having a difficult time with their purchase.  There are so many acts of kindness and service that God can put us into if we have hearts of service for anything that the Lord wants us to do, no matter how big or small.

I pray that God will lead you to many daily acts of service and witness, no matter how humble or how great, and that you would have a humble heart, ever attentive and yielding to the quiet prompting of the Holy Spirit. 

 


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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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