“Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?” (Acts 8:36)

Philip might have been worried. An angel from God told him to approach the chariot of a powerful official from a foreign country. But how could he cut through the cul­tural barriers? How could he come up with an effective presentation of the gospel that would change this man’s heart? Wasn’t God asking too much of him this time?

As it turned out, God had already laid a lot of the groundwork for Philip. The official was already puz­zling over God’s word when Philip approached him. He was sincerely asking questions and was eager to hear whatever Philip had to say.

So it wasn’t about Philip after all! All he had to do was walk through a door that was already three-quarters of the way open. What a relief that must have been! God had taken great pains to prepare the man to receive his message, even before the messenger showed up.

We may feel intimidated about sharing our faith because we think it all depends on us. We worry about how to break through obstinate hearts, how to tear down years of resistance, or how to answer every possible objection anyone could think of. But that’s placing too much of the emphasis on us and forgetting how deeply God longs to touch each person with his love. The truth is, we aren’t meant to carry the load alone. God is already doing a lot of the prep work.

You will likely have a chance to witness to your faith today. Maybe the Spirit will bring to mind a rela­tive with whom you have not been on the best terms, and lead you to seek reconciliation. You may run into an old friend who needs a word of encouragement, or a neighbor who could use a helping hand. The Holy Spirit could nudge you to say something to the person next to you on the bus. Seize the opportunity to reach out. You may be surprised at how your words or actions can be used by God!

“Lord, thank you for going ahead of me today! Open my eyes to the opportunities you will give me to be your ambassador. I believe you will bless even my smallest effort!”

Psalm 66:8-9,16-17,20 John 6:44-51