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
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