Tuesday, 30 June 2020 Acts 8:1-17
“Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.” - Acts 8:5
This chapter did not start on a great note. Everything stood against the church and their very security and safety was at stake. The persecution forced the united first church of Christ to be scattered. But this did not hinder the believers from preaching the gospel wherever they went resulting in great works of God by the end of the chapter.
Today’s reading focuses on one of the scattered believers, Philip and his ministry.
Uniqueness of his Life
We are introduced to him in chapter 6 where the Bible records him as one who had a good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom and was picked to wait on tables (Acts 6:3,5). This as not a great task; he had no opportunity to show any of the qualities listed about him. But all that time as he waited on the tables, God was preparing him for a greater task.
Philip’s life can be compared to The Chinese bamboo tree. They say after it is planted, it does not show any growth above the soil for about four years. But in the fifth year, we see it growing to 80 feet tall in just three weeks. All this while it was deeply rooting itself to support its exponential growth.
That’s how we see God using Philip in Acts 8. God was working deeply in him to make him an instrument that would be the cause of change in many lives. You could be in a place of insignificance right now but remember, God is molding you to become his instrument elsewhere. Don’t miss the opportunity of getting deeply rooted in Him.