What would you do with a eunuch?

One day a court official who worked for the queen of Ethiopia (and who happened to be a eunuch) was on the road headed toward Gaza. The apostle Philip had been sent there to chat with him. When Philip got close, he heard the eunuch reading from the bible. Philip asked him a simple question:

Do you understand what you are reading?


The eunuch, who was reading something foreign and unusual to him said, “How on earth could I possibly have any idea what this is talking about?”  So he invited Philip into his chariot to talk about it. The bible says “Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.”

Do you notice what Philip did not do?

Philip did not say:

  • It’s the bible, so it’s true.
  • You’re a pagan – no wonder you don’t get it.
  • God’s said it, I believe it, that settles it.
  • Have faith like a little baby
  • Fake it til you make it
  • Wait for the burning in your bosom. That will be God’s assurance.

There are a lot of things Philip did not say or do. There is one thing that he actually did. He explained it to him.

Philip saw someone who was perplexed about something. Philip knew the answer. He answered the man’s question, using relevant proofs. He certainly pointed to history and to scripture. He likely pointed to science and philosophy as well. Bottom line, the eunuch was saved because Philip illustrated that ours is a reasonable faith.

Is this something you’re in the habit of doing? Certainly Christianity involves belief, emotions and experiences, and these can be very important in our relationship with God. When it comes to sharing our worldview, I believe simply looking for opportunities is the more practical approach. Be on the lookout for people with questions. When someone has a claim that doesn’t make sense, ask them to explain how they came to that conclusion rather than going down their throats. I’ll bet you’ll start to see opportunities you hadn’t noticed before.

People prefer conversation over unwanted correction any day.

Question: Have you ever run into a similar opportunity?

(By the way, this story is at the end of Acts 8 if you want to check it out for yourself.)