Not long after the church in Jerusalem was scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, and “they had testified and spoken the Word of the Lord” (Acts 8:25), it became evident that they could safely return to Jerusalem. On this return journey, God provided other opportunities to “preach the gospel to many villages of the Samaritans”. No thought was given to their comfort or how much work they had done, or the needs back in the home church, Jerusalem. God was presenting another ‘open door’ and they wanted to take advantage of it.
This presents challenges to our own hearts.
· Do we really want to be led by the Spirit?
· Are we in tune with the Holy Spirit so we recognize opportunities that He presents?
· How often do we pass up opportunities because of convenience issues?
· Is our comfort (physical or cultural) more important than spreading the gospel?
In Paul’s closing instructions to Timothy, he tells him to “preach the Word; be ready in season and out of season” (2 Timothy 4:2). This equally applies to you and me. How will we respond?
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