Ecclesiastes 1:1-11; Acts 8:26-40; Luke 11:1-13
My grandmother was postmistress and ran a general store in Kentucky. People came to her counter to fill their pantries and receive their mail. In the church of today we act like shopkeepers. We think people will come to our “church convenience store” and fill up their spiritual “gas tanks” and receive their “spiritual food.”
When we read about Philip and the Ethiopian, we get a much different picture of what the church ought to be. Philip was sent to make disciples. He was not ordered to stay and build something. Philip was sent “out and about” to share the good news of Jesus Christ. Once he finished with the Ethiopian, he continued to share his message on his way back to Caesarea.
We also are called to go out, to sacrifice our personal needs and desires while seeking the empty spiritual gas tanks in the world. We need to act more like the sales representative who visits prospective clients, than like the shopkeeper who tries to attract customers with the proper merchandise. The only thing we need to have is Jesus and a desire to share his good news.
Prayer: Father, help me to go and seek the lost. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Randy Conley,
Pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Faith, NC.