How Beautiful Are The Feet of Those Who Bring Good News
1. Chapter Overview
Today we look at Philip the Evangelist, a man full of the Spirit and wisdom who was driven out of Jerusalem when a great persecution broke out after Stephen’s stoning. Philip then preached in Samaria, Gaza, Azotus, and settled in Caesarea, and brought great joy everywhere he was sent because he was living in obedience. Philip had beautiful feet because he had a beautiful message—hope and salvation for the lost.
2. Questions for Reflection
A. Who are you living for? Remember, you are not your own; you are bought at a price. That price was Jesus’ precious blood sacrificed on the cross for our sins. Jesus is our LORD. When he tells us something, he is not suggesting it; he is COMMANDING it. We are called to obey.
B. What are you doing with the spiritual gifts God has given you? Check out the parable of the bags of gold in Matthew 25:14-30. When Jesus comes back—and he will—he will call us to account. What will you have to show him? We want Jesus to look at us and say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”
3. Jesus’ Ambassadors: Our Mission
Acts 8 is about missions and sharing our faith. Let’s look at what the Bible says about it.
“Rescue those being led away to death; hold back those staggering toward slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11).
“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).
The gospel brings joy, freedom and healing. We are called to share it. You don’t have to go to seminaries or give super logical answers. But you should at least be able to give a testimony of how you first met Jesus, and be the good witness for what God has done in your life. Think of the joy when you first met Jesus. Would you deny that joy to others?
We have many excuses for not wanting to share the gospel: it’s scary; I don’t know enough; I’m too busy; what if people don't like me… But the focus of these excuses is on ourselves, not on Jesus. It is not up to us to preach the gospel; it is the Holy Spirit’s job to draw people to Himself. Let God do the heavy-lifting.
Just recall how you got saved. You are here today probably because of the love of somebody else—someone was willing to forgo their embarrassment, shame and fear to open their hearts to you and share the gospel. So open your heart, too. Because if you don’t, the alternative for those who don’t know Jesus is to be thrown “into the blazing furnace.” A Christ-less eternity is horrible.
4. Sharing Your Faith: Philip And the Eunuch & Application
We can learn how to share our faith from how Philip shared his faith with the eunuch. We cannot share our faith apart from the Holy Spirit, for Jesus said, “…apart from me you can do nothing (John 15:5).” So be in consistent prayer, asking God to show you those who have ears to hear. Walk in obedience. Listen to the Holy Spirit, for it still speaks! If you have in mind someone you want to share the gospel with, look at them with godly eyes. Listen to them. Learn about them. Be in relationship with them. Then at the right moment when the Holy Spirit says “Go!”, lead them and God will give you the words to speak.
Remember your mission:
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:18-20).