Day 23 - PRINCIPLES OF EMPOWERMENT - Go Join Yourself to This Chariot

Thursday, July 23, 2020 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Acts 8:27, And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go join yourself to this chariot” 30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up add sit with him.

God spoke to all believers when he said to Philip, “Go join yourself to this chariot” to minister to an Ethiopian authority.

Leading someone to faith in Christ is the ultimate act of empowerment! 

We should never under estimate the importance of personally sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with people! God does not save people without someone presenting the Gospel. The Ethiopian was a great and influential man. He was serving under the Queen Candase. He was wealthy and educated, but he could not accurately understand what the Bible was saying without a servant of God to help him. After he heard from Philip, he understood, believed, and knew that he needed to be baptized. This tells us that Philip did a good job of explaining the Gospel because the Ethiopian knew that believing on Jesus for salvation was followed by baptism in water. 

Acts 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” 37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” 38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 

We need to be willing to sit down with people to clearly explain the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We presume that since people have heard about Jesus, they also know how to be saved. This is not true! A lack of understanding has resulted in many church-going people who have never been born again.....I was one of them! 

We need to learn how to present the Gospel message of salvation, lead people to a saving knowledge of Jesus, and help them become disciples (students) of Christ. 

But first, we must be willing to go and empower them with the Gospel truth!

Reflection Question: What does “Go join yourself to the chariot” mean to you?

Key insight I gained today:

Today’s action item based on insight: