The Eunuch Who Didn’t Matter

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“Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”

So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”

And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. The place in the Scripture which he read was this:

“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
And who will declare His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.”

So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?” Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”

Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”

And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing.” Acts 8:28-39

Do you realize the Lord cared so much about the eunuch in this story that he sent Philip the evangelist to preach the Gospel to him? Now Philip could have spent the time he spent with the eunuch preaching to a massive crowd of people instead where his ministry work would have seemed so much more “successful”, don’t you think? After all, when it comes to sharing the Gospel and serving the Lord in ministry work in any way for that matter, shouldn’t it be all about the bigger the better, the bigger the crowd the better, the bigger the church the better, the bigger the ministry the better, the bigger the anything and everything the better? And the bigger the numbers, the bigger the praise for ourselves, right? That’s what our culture teaches, doesn’t it? It’s even what a lot of churches and ministries and people in ministry are caught up with, aren’t they? Aren’t we? If we’re honest with ourselves.

I’ll be honest with you. I was so influenced by our culture and by so many churches and ministries and people in ministry for a while that I thought I was a total failure in ministry because I didn’t have the big numbers and the big praise and the big “success”. Then the Lord set me straight.

Loving and serving the Lord isn’t about numbers, it’s not about self-praise, and it’s not about “success”. It’s about THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, about bringing GLORY TO GOD, about LOVING AND SERVING OTHERS in Christ’s name, and it’s about OBEDIENCE TO GOD whether He sends us to minister to thousands of people in a stadium or field, to another country to serve a whole tribe of people in the countryside or sends us down the street to minister to a widow.

I still have my days of struggling with the flesh screaming that I should be doing “MORE” and have “MORE READERS” and share the Gospel with “MORE PEOPLE” and have “MORE SUCCESS”, but MORE is not the answer. The story of the eunuch is a perfect example of what is important – following the Spirit of God wherever He leads us to do whatever He leads us to do for as short or long as He leads us to do it not for ourselves and to build ourselves up with pride and the praises of people but so we can humbly in loving reverence proclaim Christ and bring glory to the holy almighty glorious everlasting name of CHRIST WHO WILL REIGN FOREVER AND EVER AMEN!

The eunuch didn’t matter? Oh, the eunuch DID matter to the Lord! And so does every person to whom the Lord sends us to love and to serve in His name – whether it be one seemingly random seemingly insignificant person or whether it be to millions. It’s all, friend, for THE GLORY OF THE LORD MOST HIGH, hallelujah!

 

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