“And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.”” (Acts 8:29). This account of Philip is one of the records of a person “full of the Spirit and of wisdom” (6:3, 5) who obeyed the Spirit’s voice. Like Stephen, Philip was one of the seven in chapter 6 who demonstrated qualities God uses to expand the church, even in persecution (8:1). This kind of obedience to divine instruction is rarely seen today, but if we expect the work of God and the church to reach into unreached territory, this must take place in us.
There is another point with Philip that is crucial to understanding. God is doing His work through those who obey Him. God was already at work in the Ethiopian court official. He was reading the Prophet Isaiah but needed to understand the prophetic connection. The Spirit was at work creating an interest in this man and at the same time directing the path of a humble servant to join this officials chariot.
How many times have we missed a divine appointment because our intimacy with divine persons was blurred by our wills and agendas so we could not hear the voice of the Spirit? Where is God directing you, but you have failed to obey Him? It is little wonder that we are not seeing God work as He did in the Early Church.
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