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  • Sylvia A. Howard

Where are you going?

These days I’m not going may places except to the grocery store or to run the occasional essential errand. The days are running together and not having a concrete schedule has caused me to lose spiritual direction. Does anyone know what I’m talking about?

Today as I was reading from Acts 8, I was challenged by the obedience of Philip. Philip knew where he was going. He was going wherever God called Him. His ears were listening and his heart was ready to obey when the Holy Spirit spoke, “Get up and go.” And Philip simply “Got up and went.”

What obedience. Philip didn’t miss his opportunity to serve God. He didn’t see it as an inconvenience. He didn’t allow insecurities to derail him. He didn’t wonder what other people would think. He didn’t contemplate whether he had the time. “He got up and went.” As a result, the doors of a nation were opened to the gospel.

This act of obedience wasn’t an isolated incident. After baptizing the Ethiopian eunuch, the Spirit “carried him away” to Azotus and he “preached the Good News there and in every town along the way....” The Holy Spirit can’t carry us anywhere we don’t want to go. God doesn’t work that way. He only uses those who submit to His leading and then He will use us in ways we never imagined (Ephesians 3:20).

While we can’t “get up and go” just anywhere right now, we’re still challenged to humbly submit to God’s leading. So we should ask ourselves, “What is God saying to me through His Word? How can I minister to others through prayer and small acts of kindness?” Just because we’re in a quarantine doesn’t mean we should “sit and stay.” There are so many who are hurting, lonely, and anxious and they need us to respond. So where does God want you to go today?

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