May 30, 2018
Led by the Spirit
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. – Acts 8:5
Three years ago, one of my sons felt the Lord call him and his family to move to another city to help with a small church there. They added seven people to the congregation.
Soon, his brother also felt called to the little church, and then another large family also joined that flock. Those precious people spent many hours redecorating and restoring the church building, and upgrading the landscaping. They were generous with the hot chocolate and donuts at the worksite, even offering to share with some teenagers who passed by. When one of the older saints passed on to glory, they prepared a funeral dinner for 150 people; that family was made to feel welcome in the church.
The time and effort discharged there was not given grudgingly. Even so, the members attending services in the little sanctuary dwindled, and it was deemed wise to close and sell the building, and have its members relocate to strengthen other churches. Considering that ending, you might wonder if my sons misunderstood or misread the Spirit’s leading. Not so!
The blessings accrued to those who did what they felt God had called them to do are still being calculated! Among the benefits they received were growing experiences and time spent learning to lean on God. The memories of the prayer meetings, Bible studies, and church services, the workdays, potlucks, and picnics, and the shared struggles and concerns will be with them into eternity. Those days will not be forgotten, nor were they wasted.
The Bible tells us that Philip was in the middle of a revival—he was doing God’s work—when the Spirit of God moved him out to the middle of the desert! One man was in need of someone to explain God’s Word to him, and God sent Philip to guide him. Likewise, God at times calls us to locations that may seem totally empty and dry, but He has a purpose. When we follow as willing servants, He will not fail us!
How thrilling and satisfying to know that we are in the center of God’s will, even when directions are not clear for the distant future. God leads us each step of the way, and all we have to do is follow.