Hi I’m Christin Ditchfield and this is Take It To Heart!
In Acts 8, the Scripture tells us that one day, one of Jesus’ disciples felt God telling him to travel down a particular road – the road from Jerusalem to Gaza. As he walked along the road, he saw an Ethiopian – an official from the Queen’s court – riding in a chariot and reading aloud from the book of Isaiah. Philip felt prompted to go up to the man and asking him a simple question: “Do you understand what you’re reading?”
“How can I?” the man replied, “Unless someone explains it to me?” (Acts 8:31) A lot of people in our world today can relate to the Ethiopian’s frustration. For many, the Scriptures are confusing and – without the Spirit of God – hard to understand. They desperately need someone to come alongside them as Philip did for the Ethiopian, and point them to the truth.
Romans 10:14-15 asks, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!’”
I want to encourage you to have beautiful feet – to take the opportunity to help someone understand how much God loves them today. Explain the significance of a Scripture or Biblical teaching to a child or grandchild, a neighbor, friend, or coworker who asks you. Be willing to help disciple a new believer at church. Volunteer to teach Sunday School. Mentor a kid in the youth group! Consider going on a short-term missions trip. If you think it would help you feel better equipped, sign up for an in-depth Bible study or a class at a Christian college.