“Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah. Philip asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” The man replied, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” And he urged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him.”
“How can I, unless someone instructs me?” This is not the cry of only one man, but this is a call from a world that is in need of Jesus. The world may not realise it, but they are hungry for truth, for peace and for love. All these only come from Jesus, and our role as ambassadors of Christ, is to tell them about it.
As Philip was heading to Gaza from Jerusalem, he was led by the Holy Spirit to meet an Ethiopian Eunuch, traveling to Jerusalem to worship. Again further prompted by the Holy Spirit, Philip went up closer to the carriage the Eunuch was riding in and overheard him reading from the book of Isaiah. Philip challenged the Eunuch asking him if he understood what he was reading. His response was, “How can I, unless someone instructs me?” Philip answered the call to explain the scriptures with the Eunuch, and shortly after baptised him.
We too can learn from this story; the power and necessity of sharing God’s word with those who don’t understand it. We don’t need to use fancy ‘Christian’ words, to show off our Biblical and Theological intelligence, but rather simply and plainly make God’s word understandable and relevant to someone’s life, so that they too may have their eyes opened to God’s truth, His plan for them, and know His love for them too. Let us always be ready to give an answer to those who need it, for God’s word, the Gospel, ‘is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes’ (Romans 1:16).