The need for a guide


Acts 8:30–31 (ESV): 31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.


After a very successful ministry in Samaria, the Holy Spirit told Phillip to go south into the desert. As he walking down the road, an Ethiopian eunuch came by in a chariot, reading from Isaiah.

The Spirit told Phillip to go to the chariot and so he asked the man if he understood what he was reading. The eunuch’s response is our highlighted text.


There is a simple truth here that may be easily overlooked. Pre-Christians, new Christians, and even more established Christians needed guidance in the faith.

Phillip was engaged in pre-conversion discipleship.

What made this moment so powerful? Phillip was sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leadership and willing to engage others in a spiritual conversation, the eunuch was humble and willing to listen and learn, and an invitation to discipleship was given.


Heavenly Father, help me to be sensitive to the Spirit’s voice. May I be willing to go out of my comfort zone to disciple others. Prepare the way for me so that people are ready to hear and obey the Good News. Amen.

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