Now Is The Time: Acts Youth Journey

Devotional

A DOWN SOUTH READING LESSON



PRAY:

God Almighty, my heart yearns for more of you and your beautiful truth. Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things in your Word.



READ:

Acts 8.1-40



In this Scripture text, an angel speaks to the apostle Philip, telling him to arise and go to the south. This is an interesting command in that the angel does not give him any word about what to do down south, or how to get there, just get up and go. When he does, Philip meets an Ethiopian who is struggling to understand the Scriptures he is reading. Philip explains the passage and eventually leads the man to accept the Lord Jesus as Savior, and be baptized.



Obedience is key to honoring God. Philip had no way of knowing that he would witness to the man in the chariot. Oftentimes in life, God calls us to “arise and go.” It could be a call to the mission field, a school, to witness to an unlikeable person, or even an enemy. Whenever God calls, we need to be obedient.



REFLECT:


In what ways do you sense God’s call in your life? How can you be open to God’s voice so that you know when he is speaking to you?



RESPOND:


God also called Abram to leave his country and go to a land God promised to show him. In the same way, you are to arise and go when the Lord tells you to, even if you do not know why he is calling you.



Father, because your love is so strong and personal, I commit my life to you. Stir my heart that I may pattern your holiness in every aspect of life.