On Mission with God
Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and
overtake this chariot.” (Acts 8:29)
Missions is God finding those whose hearts are
right with Him and placing them where they can make a difference for His
kingdom. Some of the great missionaries in history did not live long lives, but
their lives dramatically affected eternity.
God had access to Philip, and the Book of Acts
gives the exciting account of how God used Philip’s life to take the gospel to
the ends of the earth. Philip was preaching powerfully in the city of Samaria
(Acts 8:5). So mightily did God use him that the entire city was rejoicing at
the miracles God was doing (Acts 8:6–8). This would be any evangelist’s fondest
desire, to see an entire city responding to the gospel through his preaching.
Yet Philip was not activity-centered in his Christian life. He was
God-centered. Philip was not preoccupied with expanding his reputation as a
great preacher or miracle worker, he was concerned that his life remain in the
center of God’s activity. When he was instructed to leave his fruitful
ministry, he did not hesitate (Acts 8:27).
God continues to seek those as responsive as Philip
to go on mission with Him. The reason God has not brought great revival to more
places is not that He is unable or that He is unwilling. He first looks for
those willing to have their lives radically adjusted away from their
self-centered activities and placed into the center of God’s activity around
the world. Have you seen the activity of God around you? What is God presently
inviting you to do? How are you responding?