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What’s Standing In Your Way?

In Acts 8:26-40, the writer records a story about Philip and an Ethiopian eunuch and how the Lord led them on a journey of obedience together.

The journey began with Philip obeying a message from the Lord that was delivered to him by an angel. The angel instructed him to travel on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza, and he did. As Philip was traveling, the Holy Spirit told him to go near the chariot of an Ethiopian eunuch and stay near it, and he did.

At any point on this journey, Philip could have chosen to ignore what the Lord was telling him. He could have gone his own way, but he was obedient, and as a result, the Ethiopian eunuch became a follower of Christ that day.

Afterwards, Philip traveled on with the Ethiopian, and at one point they came upon a body of water. Philip and the Ethiopian could have traveled on, but the Ethiopian was ready to listen to God and be obedient with his next step. He said to Philip, “Look, here is water. What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” (Acts 8:36)

The very next step the Ethiopian eunuch knew he must take after choosing to follow Jesus was baptism, and he wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way of his next step. The first step after salvation for the Ethiopian was baptism, and the same is true for us today, 2,000 years later.

If you have not been baptized since receiving Christ, don’t let anything stand in your way. Baptism is your next step; why not take it?


  • If you have not been baptized since receiving Christ, what has been standing in your way? You can find more information about baptism here.
  • If you have been baptized since receiving Christ, perhaps He is leading you toward another next step today. What is your next step? What do you need to do today to move toward it?

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