‘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…” Acts 8:26-30*
On Wednesday night at Bible Study, we discussed business owners who support gay marriage and whether or not to patronize them. We discussed how the Lord would lead and that a decision not to patronize might honor the Lord or a decision to patronize for the furtherance of the gospel may be the Lord’s leading. We specifically discussed one business as I mentioned a principle that the purpose of commerce is the furtherance of the gospel and that if no believers patronize the business, it limits possibilities as to how the owners might hear the gospel.
On Thursday, I had an unusual urge to cut some of the 2-3’ high grass on vacant lots we have (which I haven’t set foot on in years) with a one hour time slot. So, I loaded the lawn mower and went and worked on cutting the grass. On the property, I found a bank bag. I opened it and inside were car keys and documents belonging to the owners of the business we had discussed the previous night. Unknown to me otherwise, their address was across the street. A woman, the wife of the couple who own the business, was sitting in front of the house with her child and a neighbor. As we visited, there was the opportunity to bring up spiritual matters and go through John 3:16….not by chance!
”For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
*On a related note, are you restrained in any way from ministry to which the Lord is calling you, which the Holy Spirit is urging you to do, waiting for direction and authorization from “the pastor”? Please contemplate the above Acts 8 passage. Does the Lord have “the pastor” convey this message to Philip? Does the Lord have Philip seek “the pastor’s” authorization for the ministry?