Roadside assistance

Lisa Misner —  May 2, 2019

By Adron Robinson

Read: Acts 8:26-40

Everyday is an opportunity to introduce someone to Jesus Christ, because everyday God allows us to be ambassadors of the Kingdom of God. In Acts 8, Philip was such an ambassador. When led by the Holy Spirit to go on what must have seemed an illogical journey, he immediately obeyed.

Because of his obedience, he was in the right place at the right time to tell someone about Jesus. The Holy Spirit led Philip to a high-ranking Ethiopian official who had been in Jerusalem to worship but left still searching for the living God. Despite the official’s power and prestige, he had a vast emptiness in his soul.

Will you share the gospel with one person and pray for them to be saved?

This Ethiopian man is like many of our friends, family, and co-workers today. They are socially successful and culturally religious. Sometimes they even read the Scriptures and seek the truth, yet they do not have saving faith in Jesus Christ. And each of them needs someone to show them the way. On the journey of life, they need roadside assistance!

They need a Philip to obey the Holy Spirit’s leading and come alongside them on the road of life to have a gospel conversation with them. They need someone who will help them understand the Scriptures, and they need someone who will tell them the bad news about their sin and the good news about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. And when they believe, they need someone to baptize them and then disciple them so they can go out and make other disciples.

Will you be like Philip and follow the Holy Spirit’s leading? Will you share the gospel with one person and pray for them to be saved? On the road of life, we all need roadside assistance.

Prayer Prompt: Father God, we were lost and you found us; we were broken and you healed us; we were dying and you rescued us. Help us to follow in your footsteps and look for daily opportunities to share the gospel with those in need.

Adron Robinson pastors Hillcrest Baptist Church in Country Club Hills and is president of IBSA.

Lisa Misner


Lisa is IBSA Social Media/Public Policy Manager. A Missouri native, she earned a Master of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois. Her writing has received awards from the Baptist Communicators Association and the Evangelical Press Association.

One response to Roadside assistance

    Michael Henderson May 2, 2019 at 7:37 am

    I love this biblical record because it is so meaningful in many ways. There was a time when I was prompted by the Spirit to turn my car around and go up to an amphitheater (Sunrise) in the upper foothills of Boulder Colorado. I was heading north away from Boulder when I had this strong conviction to turn around and go back and up into the mountains … immediately. I tried to resist several times, but the conviction would not go away, so I turned around and drove the 20 miles in opposite direction not knowing why. When I got there two young men from Holland had come to a screeching halt and were bailing from their car. Large puffs of thick smoke were rolling out from under the hood. I pulled up and opened the hood and yanked the ground cable off of the battery. The fire stopped. After the smoke cleared I saw a few wires that had melted (that was the fire). As it happened, I had my electrical repair wiring kit in my car. (I had just finished an automotive electrical 2 yr. course). I fixed the melted wiring and checked for any shorts in the circuit. It looked good, so they were able to go their way. But before they left I shared Jesus with both of them. They did not speak much English, but I got the point across and they thanked me wholeheartedly for sharing. I gave them some Bible literature which they accepted with joy and that is the last I saw of them. I will never know what happened to them until we get to heaven, but I do believe they will both be there. The conviction I was experiencing left and I drove home in peace. I believe God still calls us to go to places through the Spirit, but we can allow distractions to drown out His voice so that we do not listen. My prayer is we will all be more in tune with God as He prompts us to “go where” and to “do what” we have never imagined. You never know who you may be able to help and how you may be used to share Jesus.