Devotion: Thursday, June 28
Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them. And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. And there was great joy in that city. Acts 8:5-8
Phillip was a Deacon in the church at Jerusalem. Because of great persecution which arose against the church in Jerusalem, Phillip fled to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them, and an incredible move of God took place. Yet something strange took place which seems contrary to how we think things should happen.
In Acts 8:26 – 40 the narrative is told. The Spirit of God spoke to Philip to leave the city (the population) and to go to the desert where he would find one lone individual with whom to share the gospel. It seems that, in today’s church world, so much of the focus is on the number of people in attendance. Certainly in our numbers driven system, we would have judged Philip successful if he would have remained in Samaria and grown a big church. But true success is always found in obedience to God. God loved and cared for the people of Samaria, but He also loved and cared for the one Ethiopian.
Perhaps you think that what you do for God doesn’t matter because it doesn’t affect the masses. Be assured, each individual matters to our Lord. Be faithful to do what God calls you to do – that is the measure of success!