Acts 8:5-6 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Christ there. When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said.
Most people reading this will talk today. Some more than others. Some way more than others. Yes, God has given us words to use and mouths to speak. We communicate with others throughout our day – sometimes giving instructions and other times being social. And we all have things that are important to us. We’ve all got our little soapbox on which we stand, proclaiming our values and our beliefs. Yes there is much that we say in a day. But is anyone paying attention?
In Acts 8:6, we learn that Philip proclaimed Christ and performed miracles… and the people paid close attention to what he said. They were paying attention! Why is that? I would say it is because they both saw and heard the power of God working in Philip’s life. They saw an ordinary man who prayed for people and miraculous things happened. They heard a regular guy speak with power and clarity and purpose. Yes they paid attention to what he said. And what he said was life saving. It was critical information. It was meaningful, purposeful, and transformational.
So is anyone paying attention to you? Are the things that you are saying and doing drawing others to actually listen? You know, sometimes people get on Facebook and start posting recklessly about something they care about. Maybe its politics or gun control or values or waffles. Often what happens is not what they are expecting. Instead of people paying attention, they hide their posts. (Yes it’s true, it really does happen.) When we push our ideas on others we sound like a resounding gong. But when we live our lives genuinely by the power of the Holy Spirit, we draw others to him. So we must step off our platforms that no one is listening to and start living like Philip did. When we have a message of hope, love, and restoration to bring, people will pay attention.
*Ask yourself today: are the words coming out of my mouth meaningful, purposeful, and transformational?