The Spirit told Philip, "Go to that chariot [carrying an Ethiopian official]
and stay near it."
— Acts 8:29 NIV
As in a previous Key Thought section, we are reminded again that reaching the ends of the earth with the good news of Jesus is the Holy Spirit's work. Throughout the book of Acts, the Holy Spirit inspires, convicts, empowers, emboldens, directs, guides, and leads God's servants in sharing the story of Jesus in much of the Roman Empire. In the book of Acts, we see that four great cities become major touch points for the advancement of the good news: Jerusalem is the heart of the Jewish faith; Antioch, Ephesus, and Rome are among the largest cities in the world at that time. Another large city, Alexandria, is not mentioned in Acts. However, the conversion of the Ethiopian reminds us that the message of God spread to Africa just as it had elsewhere. Wherever Jesus' followers go, they take the message of Jesus (Acts 8:1-4; Acts 11:19-21). The Holy Spirit made sure Philip, a servant full of the Holy Spirit (Acts 6:1-7), found the Ethiopian at just the right place and time (Acts 8:26-40). Let's ask the Holy Spirit to be at work opening doors to new peoples and cultures for the good news to spread, and let's ask for the Holy Spirit to get the right people to those who are seeking!
O God of the nations, please use me in any way you choose to share the message of Jesus with those who do not know him. I also pray that you will bless each one of your servants who is seeking to share Jesus across cultural boundaries. Please make your word successful through their efforts. Please, dear Father, renew our world through the movement of the Holy Spirit! In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
About This Devotional
God's Holy Fire is a daily devotional about the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
The Thoughts and Prayer for God's Holy Fire are written by Phil Ware.
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