Who leaves a business when it’s taking off? Who jumps off the bandwagon after a big win? Who leaves a spiritual revival when it’s going full swing? Those whom God calls to, that’s who!
In reading Acts chapter 8, we see that Philip has gone to a city in Samaria when the church was scattered (Acts 8:1-4), and upon his arrival, and as he proclaimed the Gospel, a revival broke out (read Acts 8:5-13).
This revival was big enough to bring out the “big guns” Peter and John to see what was going on. I’m sure that this brought Philip great joy to be a part of. But then there is vs. 26…
“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.”Acts 8:26 NIV
And in reading the Maxwell Leadership Bible, they point out this fact, that Philip was in the midst of a revival, and when God tells him to leave, he leaves. Philip didn’t put up a fuss, or try to explain to God that there were still many people to be reached.
“So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means ‘queen of the Ethiopians’).”Acts 8:27a NIV
When God told him to leave, he left.
When God told him to leave, he left. And God used him to spread the Gospel to Ethiopia! He used godly discernment, followed God’s lead, and was used by God to spread the Good News!
How about you? How often do we sit in our comfort, maybe hearing God whisper to us about those who need to hear from Him, but we decide that we need a bigger sign, or a louder word. Things might be going pretty well where we are.
Do You want to be comfortable, or do you want to be obedient?
Do we want to be comfortable, as Philip could have have been in the Samaritan city, or do we want to be obedient, and be used by Him to help build His kingdom?