Tuesday, September 01, 2015

This week's lesson (August 29 - September 4): Philip as missionary

If you want to make God laugh, then tell Him your plans.

Consider Philip -- a Greek-speaking Jew who was definitely not part of his church's "inner circle." No, that was reserved for the Twelve . . .
  • All of whom had been chosen by Jesus.
  • All of whom spoke Aramaic as their native-language.
  • And none of whom saw any need to share power with others.
But when a dispute over money broke down along ethnic lines, then Philip was made a "deacon." As such, he was meant to feed widows -- nothing more.
But when persecution broke out after the death of Stephen, Greek-speaking Christians had to leave the city . . . 
  • So Philip went to Samaria, where he preached the Word . . . 
  • Then he went to Gaza, where he preached the Word . . .
  •  Then he continued up the coast to Caesarea, where he preached the Word along the way.
And yes, I suspect the "Old Guard" was a bit non-plussed by all this; when they heard about the conversions in Samaria, remember, they sent Peter and John to see just what this "deacon" was doing!
Fortunately, they saw what the Spirit was doing through Philip.
They accepted what the Spirit was doing through Philip.
And even though the Spirit's plans for Philip didn't exactly coincide with their own . . . even then, they were willing to let the Spirit lead.
If you want to make God laugh, after all, then tell Him your plans.
But if you want to be amazed, then listen to His.

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