What it looks like to welcome "whoever believes"
From Advent: A 23-Day Devotional
God’s Spirit led Philip to preach to people in Samaria, a group considered by the Jews to be unworthy. As Philip returns to Jerusalem, the Spirit of God leads him to another outcast, an Ethiopian eunuch. Whether reaching out to Jews or non-Jews, Philip preached the Gospel without favoritism. He lived what he taught to insiders and outsiders.
Though he had come to Jerusalem to worship God, the eunuch was not allowed into the temple to worship. Labeled blemished, he could only watch from a distance. As the eunuch returns home, he reads the words of Isaiah, the prophet and struggles to understand. The eunuch, identifying deeply with a person deprived of justice and without descendants asks, “Who is this about?”
Because of his obedience, Philip was positioned to introduce the eunuch to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus who brings the dead to life. He turns nothing to something. He bestows generational legacy to eunuchs.
Jesus invites everyone into this no ordinary family. It’s a family made up of “whoever believes” (John 3:16). The great privilege of this family is to invite others in. Philip is a great example to us all.
Just a few verses later in Isaiah we read, “Let no foreigner who is bound to the Lord say, ‘The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.’ And let no eunuch complain, ‘I am only a dry tree,’ - to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will endure forever.” (Isaiah 56:3-5).
Imagine the eunuch on the way home. Imagine his joy.
- God is speaking to people all around you, and He’s inviting you into the conversation. What stops you from sharing your faith with the people God puts in your path?
- Is there anyone you consider out of God’s reach? As God to search your heart and reveal any doubts or anxious thoughts (Psalm 139:23-24).