Every day brings divine appointments – are you sharing God's Word?
There’s really no such thing as an ordinary day for a Christian. Sure there’s routine – taking your kids to school, grabbing your morning coffee, attempting to finally work out, and a thousand other hum-drum activities that make up your day. But the fact is that every believer is part of a divine schedule. God’s got you penciled in, and His appointments change lives.
The question is, are you keeping them?
Acts 8 tells the story of one of the greatest divine appointments in Scripture. Right in the middle of what can only be described as an old-time revival, the apostle Philip receives instructions from God to leave the city he was ministering in…
“Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, ‘Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.’” –Acts 8:26
Imagine Philip’s surprise at such a command! God pulled him away from a city-wide revival to travel down an old dirt road into the desert – hardly the ministry strategy any of us would have chosen.
But God had something extraordinary in mind, and Philip’s response is the first lesson in how to keep your divine appointments…
Open Your Heart
Immediately after God told Philip where to go, he acted. Acts 8:27 says…
“So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet.”
Too many times we close our hearts to the nudging of the Holy Spirit. God says go, and we say no. We convince ourselves that it just doesn’t make sense or it isn’t the right time. But Philip had an open heart toward God’s schedule, and it brought him to someone in need.
Which leads to the second lesson in keeping divine appointments…
Open Your Ears
Acts 8:29-34 reads…
“The Spirit told Philip, ‘Go to that chariot and stay near it.’ Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ Philip asked. ‘How can I,’ he said, ‘unless someone explains it to me?’ So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.”
There isn’t a single person you’ll meet in your day whose heart isn’t speaking aloud – but are you listening? As the great church father, Augustine, said, “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” We’re surrounded by restless hearts, yearning, fighting, and breaking for the rest that only comes through Jesus Christ.
Philip heard a man speaking, but it was the cry of his heart that God had sent him there to answer.
And that leads to the final lesson…
Open Your Mouth
The eunuch was reading from the prophet Isaiah about the messiah. God was preparing his heart to hear about Jesus. All Philip had to do was speak…
“Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus.” –Acts 8:35
Philip kept an open heart, open ears, and when the time was right, he was willing to open his mouth. And as a result of this divine appointment, a man’s life was transformed through Jesus Christ. In fact, there’s no telling what kind of ripple effect Philip’s obedience had for the Kingdom of God as the eunuch returned to Ethiopia… to keep his own divine appointments.
So what about it, are you prepared?
Philip’s entire encounter with the eunuch centered on God’s Word. The power to transform lives doesn’t come from a theological argument. It comes from the living truth of the Word of God.