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The Power of Simple Words

The Power of Simple Words

            Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?” (Acts 8:36)

This statement stuck in my mind as I read the story of the Ethiopian eunuch who met Philip along the road. The eunuch was reading the book of Isaiah in his chariot and couldn’t understand a particular prophecy.

At the same time, God’s spirit inspired Philip to approach the chariot (Act.8:29). Philip went up to the eunuch. After they talked for a while, the eunuch decided with simple faith to be baptized right away. When he saw a body of water along the way, he was excited and asked Philip to baptize him.

From this story, we can see that preaching the gospel to strangers can be very easy and simple — that is, if God is with us. All we have to do is reach out to people around us and share our blessings from God.

Because we are not God, it’s not up to us to judge who are or are not His sheep. If they are His sheep, they will come and believe when they hear His voice. It’s as simple as that.

Of course, that doesn’t just mean we let God do all the work. As we see from Philip’s example, we still have to prepare ourselves by being well-versed with the Bible. But when we preach, keep the preaching method simple and put effort into prayer. Don’t forget that we can’t do it alone, but God can complete His work through us.

When God opens a nonbeliever’s heart, small words can have great effects.

            Question for Reflection:

Preaching is as simple when we think of it as sharing our blessings with others. Who can we share God’s grace with today?

Author: Winifred Chao
Publisher: True Jesus Church