Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road – that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’ Acts 8:26 (NIV)
The book of Acts is essentially about the spread of the gospel and the accomplishments of the leaders of the early church. These men displayed a great zeal for the work committed into their hands – the spread of the goodnews of Christ. They would not hesitate to go where the Spirit directs.
Philip was such a leader. Filled with the Spirit, committed and abounding in good works. He was so zealous that he didn’t hesitate to leave Samaria, where he had so much success (Acts 8:13), for the desert road towards Gaza (Vs 26), leaving the known for the unknown.
As aspiring leaders, we can learn form Philip. Are we committed and zealous for the fulfilment of the vision that we are not worried about leaving the stage when the ovation is loudest?
Are we willing to leave our comfort zones for the desert?
Can we leave the known for the unknown believing that He who called is faithful?
Sometimes we analyse too hard to avoid stepping out, especially if our present state has some amount of success attached to it. We forget that there is always more that God wants to give us. It requires stepping out of comfort sometimes into less comfortable situations. God desires that we be zealous for the kingdom.
As He calls us out to a place that is unknown (at work, in our relationships, kingdom work/walk) please let us not hesitate.
Let’s show some zeal and say ‘yes’ to Him.
Faithful Father, it thrills my heart to know that You want to use me to achieve more. Please grant me grace to be fully committed to You and all that has been committed into my hands in Jesus’ amazing name, Amen.
Written by Sholape Oludayo of @thelafamily