The Opportunity to Evangelize

April 19, 2018

The angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, ‘Get up and head south on the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza, the desert route’ So he got up and set out” (Acts 8:26-27)

Philip did as he was told and ended up spreading the Gospel message to an Ethiopian eunuch, and eventually baptized him. Do you ever find yourself somewhere, or in some odd situation, and you’re unsure how you got there?

I am normally a quiet, reserved person – a definite introvert. Yet I find myself dropped into situations that challenge me and seem to be calling me to evangelize. I once found myself in a deep spiritual conversation with a stranger I met on a plane. The very first time I went out with a group to feed the homeless, I spent time holding hands and praying with a cocaine addict. A parishioner sat down for a cup of coffee with me and ended up pouring out his heart about his struggling marriage and lackluster faith life.

My guess is that these types of things happen to you, too. It is not always the work of angels coming to us in our sleep, but God does put us in some unusual situations. In so doing, He hopes we will be open to the people we meet and stretch our comfort zones. He hopes we will take the opportunity to evangelize. We are an apostolic people. Apostle means one who is sent. Sometimes we go willingly like Philip; other times we may need a little push.

I pray that we might embrace the situations in which we find ourselves, are open to others, and are willing to use the gift of the Holy Spirit in building God’s kingdom on earth.

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