New International Version (NIV)
27 So he started out, and on his way he met an Ethiopian eunuch, an important official in charge of all the treasury of the Kandake (which means “queen of the Ethiopians”). This man had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 and on his way home was sitting in his chariot reading the Book of Isaiah the prophet. 29 The Spirit told Philip, “Go to that chariot and stay near it.”
Philip was not forced to stop and speak with someone from a completely different nationality than him, but he chose to listen to the Spirit’s prompt. He chose to speak to someone completely different from him and he chose to do it out of love. A love for Christ and a love for this stranger that he never met. I think the words from Paul in his letter the church in Rome sum up our calling.
7 Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God. 8 For I tell you that Christ has become a servant of the Jews on behalf of God’s truth, so that the promises made to the patriarchs might be confirmed 9 and, moreover, that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy.
We, the gentiles, were on the outside of the promise until Christ came. He welcomed us who were different and calls us to do the same. We are the light of world, we are the sheep in shepherds clothing, and we are the vessels of love that God can use. We only need to be willing to hear and answer the call to love.
That call could come in the form of offering the mow your neighbors lawn, pay for someones groceries, take out their trash, or stopping and getting to know the homeless person on the street. Whatever the call, are you ready to respond? Have you made room in your schedule to do love?
How will you choose to love this week?
** For practical examples, uplifting and wild stories, and God-honoring ways to do love I highly recommend the book Love Does by Bob Goff.**