Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Go south to the road—the desert road—that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” So he started out. (Acts 8:26–27)
ON OCTOBER 28, 1949, a young man wrote in his journal: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” That young man was Jim Elliot. Several years later, he and four others willingly left everything to follow God’s leading. They were martyred deep in the Ecuadorian jungle in an attempt to take the gospel to a primitive tribe. Today, after years of persistent work by the missionaries’ families, a thriving church exists among Huaorani people.
Around two thousand years earlier, Philip left everything to follow the Lord’s direction. He was called to leave a successful ministry in Samaria to go to the desert. We read, “So he started out” (Acts 8:27). Willing to obey and without doubting or negotiating with God, Philip went to the most-traveled road that led to Africa. Finding an Ethiopian there, Philip faithfully did what he was called to do: preach Jesus. Because of Philip’s obedience, the door was opened for the gospel to be taken to “the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).
Maybe God isn’t calling you to leave everything. Perhaps the desert road is across your backyard fence; it might be in the lunch room at work or in the check-out line at the grocery store. The geographical or physical location isn’t important. When God sends you, all that matters is your willingness to obey.
Wherever God sends you, obey and He will use you.
Kathern Nemec enjoys digging into God’s Word and loves to encourage others with the truth she finds in it.