“And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians … So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’” (Acts 8:27,30)
Yesterday, we saw how the Gospel was spread by Christians who were forced to leave their home town. In today’s story, the roles are reversed. A high Ethiopian official is coming to Jerusalem to worship, and God tells Philip to use this opportunity to share the Gospel with him.
In his home country, this man would have little chance to hear more about the Lord, let alone to learn about the salvation work of Jesus Christ. But he is clearly eager to know more, since he has bought a Scripture scroll and tries to read it. Philip explains to him what he is reading, and the story has a happy end when the Ethiopian official comes to faith and is baptized.
Nowadays, millions of people are forced to leave their home due to wars, natural disasters or persecution. Others travel abroad as part of their job or in search of a better living. Many of these people come from countries where Christians are rare, where it’s forbidden to evangelize, or where the social pressure against Christians is enormous. When these people come to us, this can be a great opportunity to tell them about Jesus’ love for sinners.
Do you know foreigners or refugees with whom you could share the Gospel?