Friday, April 7, 2017

Acts 8:31-40

Acts 8:31-40
English Standard Version (ESV)

  So when good things happen that we play a role in, we naturally want some of that credit to go our way. If I help someone out and something amazing happens to them, I can't help but want to see a little sunshine come my way through recognition.  Our egos love to get attention and be recognized for what we do.
  Philip does an amazing thing here.  He shows up at the right place and time, he listens to the question, and then he points to how Jesus is at work.  After Philip talks about the amazing work of God throughout history, the Ethiopian decides to delve into a deeper relationship with God.  At this point, Philip departs and leaves the man rejoicing on his way.  Philip gets back to work.
  Philip played a key role in all of this, but it's not about Philip, and Philip doesn't wander around looking for recognition.  He shows up and points to Jesus, and leaves the man in a deeper relationship with God and rejoicing on his way.  I would love to leave people in such a state.  May we seek to serve so selflessly that the Holy Spirit uses us to sow joy around us!

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