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Let Jesus do the rest

'Then Philip... beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him.' Acts 8:35 NKJV

In Acts 8 we read the story of a high-profile leader who was led to Christ by a 'low-profile' person called Philip, a church deacon (see Acts 8:26-40).

Let's see what we can learn from this story: (1) Philip was ready. When this man needed someone to explain the Gospel to him, Philip was ready to do it. Are we ready, and willing, to share our faith? The Bible says: 'Always be ready to answer everyone who asks you to explain about the hope you have' (1 Peter 3:15 NCV). (2) Philip was wise. He didn't just barge in and start preaching, or put this man on the spot. Philip was led by God's spirit: 'The Spirit said to Philip, "Go to that chariot and stay near it"' (Acts 8:29 NCV). He recognised the right moment. He spoke to the man about the passage he was reading before jumping in to share the Gospel. Sometimes we need to build relationship with a person before we tell them about Jesus. (3) Philip was clear. Instead of a vague dialogue about religion, he told the man what he needed - a relationship with Jesus. People need to know that Jesus is alive, that he loves them, that he's powerful enough to run the universe, yet personal enough to forgive their sins, break their habits and resolve their doubts.

So what now? Pray for an opportunity to recognise the right moment to share your faith with someone. Your job is to extend the invitation, and then let Jesus do the rest.

Soulfood: Luke 19:11-26, Ps 36:5-9, Heb 10:19-23

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