4 Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. 5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the signs he performed, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 For with shrieks, impure spirits came out of many, and many who were paralyzed or lame were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city. 9 Now for some time a man named Simon had practiced sorcery in the city and amazed all the people of Samaria. He boasted that he was someone great, 10 and all the people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, “This man is rightly called the Great Power of God.” 11 They followed him because he had amazed them for a long time with his sorcery. 12 But when they believed Philip as he proclaimed the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. 13 Simon himself believed and was baptized. And he followed Philip everywhere, astonished by the great signs and miracles he saw.
This passage begins with the words
“Those who were SCATTERED preached the word wherever they went.”
I truly believe God calls all His sons and daughters to be master evangelists. Not everyone can stand and preach to the masses like Billy Graham but all of us can have the passion and conviction to share the gospel where ever God may “scatter” us. To say to our unsaved friends and family “look what Jesus has done in my life. I want you to know Him too.”
We tend to leave the evangelism to Pastors and Ministers – people who are called to minister largely to those who are already saved. God needs his evangelists to be “scattered” – to be positioned near people that need to hear the gospel. Where God scatters me isn’t important. What’s important is what I do when I’m there.
Lord, please infuse my whole life with the power of Your Holy Spirit – so that wherever you see fit to “scatter” me I will share with those around me how great You are.
Written by Boudy Van Noppen