30 Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.
31 “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.
When we draw close to others and establish a relationship with them, the opportunity will present itself at some time to talk about Jesus, not in a contrived way but in response to what’s going on in their lives. Here, the Ethiopian is reading Isaiah – a golden opportunity to talk about faith! Sometimes we may have such an obvious opportunity, but at other times the opportunity may be an event in the news, a discussion about a moral issue or a personal situation. Don’t make the answer to everything Jesus, we aren’t befriending people simply to make them Christians, but look for opportunities to show how God is concerned with our lives and wants the best for us – don’t forget to listen to their views as well. Tomorrow we will think about how Philip does this.
Father, help me to see how I can be the best friend and companion today to those I meet and, by your Spirit, help me to see when and how to show and tell of your compassion.