Monday, November 23, 2009

The most famous african

Who is the most famous African?

Cloepatra? Queen of Sheba? Idi Amin, the madman? Nelson Mandela, known for peace?

I would submit that a man with no name is the most famous African.

Acts 8:26 -28 "Later God's angel spoke to Philip: "At noon today I want you to walk over to that desolate road that goes from Jerusalem down to Gaza." He got up and went."

What if Philip did not go? It was inconvenient. It was hot. He was busy. His ministry was going great. How did he know, really, if he was being told to leave a very successful ministry and go out to a desert spot in the middle of the day, when the sun was at its hottest?

There were lots of reasons for him NOT to go.
But he went.

"He met an Ethiopian eunuch coming down the road. The eunuch had been on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem and was returning to Ethiopia, where he was minister in charge of all the finances of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians. He was riding in a chariot and reading the prophet Isaiah.
29 -30The Spirit told Philip, "Climb into the chariot." Running up alongside, Philip heard the eunuch reading Isaiah and asked, "Do you understand what you're reading?"
31 -33He answered, "How can I without some help?" and invited Philip into the chariot with him. The passage he was reading was this:
As a sheep led to slaughter,
and quiet as a lamb being sheared,
He was silent, saying nothing.
He was mocked and put down, never got a fair trial.
But who now can count his kin
since he's been taken from the earth?
34 -35The eunuch said, "Tell me, who is the prophet talking about: himself or some other?" Philip grabbed his chance. Using this passage as his text, he preached Jesus to him.
36 -39As they continued down the road, they came to a stream of water. The eunuch said, "Here's water. Why can't I be baptized?" He ordered the chariot to stop. They both went down to the water, and Philip baptized him on the spot."

That's it. Philip went. The government Minister was a man who wanted to know God. His heart was prepared. There was status difference between the two. Cultural difference. Language barriers. Ethnic difference. Different countries. Different governments. Different habits.

"When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of God suddenly took Philip off, and that was the last the eunuch saw of him. But he didn't mind. He had what he'd come for and went on down the road as happy as he could be."

The government Minister found God that day. It transformed his life. And the history of Ethiopia was changed from that day forward.

40 "Philip showed up in Azotus and continued north, preaching the Message in all the villages along that route until he arrived at Caesarea."

Philip obeyed God.
Will I?

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