As a Christian reaches out to others, it is important to be led of God. There is no doubt that Phillip was a Christian who was led by the Spirit.
Acts 8:29 “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.”
To be Spirit-led is to obey God. “And Philip ran thither to him…” Acts 8:30
Notice the Characteristics in Spirit-led Christians…
A. Sacrificing Comfort
A spirit-led Christian loses his life for Christ and loses his life in Christ. A surrendered Christian, serves the Lord as a living sacrifice and does not get entangled with the affairs of this life.
Phillip was willing to leave his comfort zone; leaving the multitudes to preach to one person in the backside of the desert. “…go toward the south… which is desert.”
B. Sharing Christ
Acts 8:35 “Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.”
Phillip’s spiritual gift to the church was an Evangelist. You may not have this gift, but that does not mean you can’t share Christ. We learn from different Christians as God gives different spiritual gifts. Paul said to Timothy, “Do the works of an Evangelist.”
1. Invent – Be purposeful and create opportunities. Be available. Think of ways you can reach people with the Gospel. Testimony, Tracts, etc.
2. Invoke – Jesus encourages us to compel people, and Paul went about persuading others. Recognise the need of the hour.
3. Invite – Be diligent in asking others to attend events relating to eternal things. It may be a simple invitation to watch a DVD, testimony or read books that will help wet their appetite for the Saviour.
4. Intercede – Pray for people’s eternal souls, that their eyes will be opened to the truth.
C. Showing Care
This eunuch was keen to be a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ; he wanted to be baptized. However, Phillip cared enough to make sure that the eunuch completely understood what kind of faith he had to have in Christ before taking that step.
Acts 8:37 “And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
A person cannot be halfhearted about the matter of salvation. This has to do with the destiny of an eternal soul. Phillip didn’t look at this man as a number, but rather as a precious soul.
Being spirit-led to encourage and challenge a person to detect whether they have understood the decision they will make or perhaps have already made is not judgmental, but rather showing a spirit of concern.
It is showing care to check. This is very important when dealing with little children. Phillip was not in any way insecure nor manipulative, but rather spirit-led.