Words from the Heart for Tuesday January 5th, 2021
Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
Acts 8:30-31 (NIV)
Vox.com explains how Canada’s immigration system works. Among other things it says, “Canada uses a point system to figure out who qualifies for ‘Express Entry’ — which is the pool employers can use to hire people, and from which the government accepts (some) skilled immigrants who don’t yet have job offers. The points system is supposed to score how well you’ll integrate in Canada (with factors like language and “adaptability”) and how much you can contribute to the Canadian economy (via education, experience, employment, and age).”
Jesus spent most of His ministry life mentoring His disciples. In fact, some scholars argue that the Gospels are the training manual for the followers of Jesus. The Lord had three and a half years to prepare His followers to take the Gospel to the world. He used a variety of teaching methods, often taking everyday activities and nearby objects to drive home Kingdom principles. Empowered by the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, His followers would faithfully fulfill the Great Commission. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than in Acts 8, where we meet an Ethiopian leader reading Isaiah’s prophecy. The Spirit takes Philip to meet the Ethiopian and in Acts 8:30-31 we read: “Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked. ”How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” God will bring people into our lives who He has been drawing to Himself. We need to be prepared to explain the Gospel to them, and so welcome them into the family of God.
These have been words from the heart.