April 16, 2020
Scripture Passage: Acts 5:19-20
Acts 5:42 says, “And daily in the temple and in every house they ceased not to teach and preach Jesus Christ.” Publicly and privately, the early church did not stop preaching and teaching about Jesus Christ; it was a daily experience.
In our own way and opportunity, each of us is called, ordained and equipped to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. In fact, if you are a Christian, evangelism is supposed to be a lifestyle. Adrian Rogers says, “God has called you to witness. A Christian who is not witnessing is not merely missing a blessing, he is guilty of high treason against heaven’s King.”
If you are not witnessing, you are disobeying God. In the Book of Acts, the conversion of three men reveal why it is so important to witness to others.
In Acts 8, the conversion of the Ethiopian man shows us that all people have a common hunger to know God, even if we don’t understand it yet.
In Acts 9, the conversion of Saul—who later became Paul, apostle of Christ— reminds us that all people have a common heartache. All the intelligence and money in the world couldn’t buy the satisfaction that is found only in Christ.
In Acts 10, the conversion of Cornelius tells us that all people have a common hope—Jesus.
Back-to-back, we are shown by Scripture that the hope of Africa is Jesus, the hope of Asia (Paul the Apostle) is Jesus, and the hope of Europe (Cornelius) is Jesus. All people need the same help. The hope of the world is Jesus.
God took Phillip, Ananias and Peter, with their availability, expendability, and adaptability, and used them to share the Gospel with men who would carry it even further, to the uttermost ends of the earth.
We all have the same heartaches and hunger that are only satisfied through our common hope in Jesus Christ. And remember: Jesus will save anybody who is willing to come to Him.
They may not even know that it is God who they are searching for, but each and every man needs to know him. It is our job, as a Christian community to help them.
Are you available, expendable, and adaptable, ready to be used by God? There’s somebody that needs you desperately.
All men need the same help—they need somebody to tell them about Jesus and that somebody is you.