The Bible is one big story, a story that you and I are a part of. We are included in the story of God, and we have vital parts to play. One of those parts is simple: we are to inform other people about God’s story. We see Philip doing that in our reading from Sunday. He was led by the Spirit to a road outside Jerusalem. When he arrived, this is what he found.
“There was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah” (Acts 8:27-28).
Upon seeing the Ethiopian eunuch, the Spirit immediately told Philip to join the chariot. Philip ran to the eunuch and offered to explain the prophet Isaiah’s words to him. After hearing the message of Jesus, the eunuch said in verse 37, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” The story had such an effect on the eunuch that he wanted to be baptized right away.
A big part of the story of God is love. John says in his first Epistle, “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love” (1 John 4:7-8). The Ethiopian eunuch heard the story of God, the story of love, and he wanted to be a part of it as Philip was. He had probably never experienced true agape love before Philip came to him – true, selfless love that ran to his chariot and wanted to explain the Scripture to him.
We, too, were once like the Ethiopian eunuch. We didn’t know what love was, because we didn’t know who Jesus was. But like the eunuch, we are changed now because someone took the time to explain the Scriptures to us. This is a great gift: the gift of love. Now it’s our turn. As we saw in Philip’s story, explaining the Scriptures can have an incredible and life-changing effect. We have the ability, given to us by God, to have that effect on others. Who will you reveal the story of love to today?