MENU
Unsplash: Justin Kauffman

Following the Spirit's Lead

By Lloyd Kim, Dec 7, 2021

Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?
– Acts 18:26–31

As I look at this passage, I see the heart of our mission—crossing barriers to bring those on the outside into the community of faith. But who is behind this providential encounter? Well, God is, by His Holy Spirit.

The scene opens with the angel of the Lord speaking directly to Philip, telling him, “Arise and go south.” And what does Philip do? He gets up and he goes.

Now what’s important in this encounter is Philip’s response. He doesn’t say to God: “This is not part of my strategic plan.” He doesn’t make up excuses. He doesn’t shrink back in fear. He submits to the leading and guiding of the Spirit. Even though he doesn’t understand how everything is going to work out, he trusts that God knows, and so he simply obeys in faith.

How about us? How is God calling us to be used to fulfill His Great Commission? Perhaps He’s calling us to bear witness boldly in our places of work and our neighborhoods. Perhaps He’s calling us to radical generosity—giving beyond what is comfortable for the sake of the kingdom. Perhaps He is even calling some of us to answer the call to make disciples among the nations. Are we open to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit in these things?

We are the means by which those on the outside are brought on the inside. Across the world, people are asking, “How can we understand unless someone guides us?” And so, how can we bear witness to our neighbors? How can we give lavishly toward kingdom-building efforts? Only by the power of the Holy Spirit in us.

Let us call upon the Spirit of Jesus to fill us and make us attentive to His leading; to grant us this privilege to be used by Him to advance His kingdom here and to the ends of the earth.

Lloyd Kim

Lloyd Kim is coordinator of Mission to the World. He is a former PCA pastor and a former missionary with MTW in the Philippines and Cambodia. He holds an M.Div. from Westminster Seminary in California and a Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Fuller Theological Seminary. Lloyd and his wife, Eda, are the parents of Kaelyn, Christian, and Katy.

Please login to continue
Having Trouble Logging In?
Reset your password
Don't have an account?
Create an Account
Sign Up for Free
Name
Email
Choose Password
Confirm Password

GET INVOLVED

International Church Plant: Launch Pastor
Career + Missions Internship in the Middle East
Year-round Internships
Theological Education Developer
Longer

How a Vision Trip to El Salvador Helped Confirm Our Calling: A Q&A With New Missionary Clay Jones

Being in El Salvador and having that peace gave us that moment where we thought: "This is the place the Lord has called us to be."

SEE MORE

Lay Up Treasures in Heaven

If we spend our lives pursuing material things, we will inevitably be disappointed because they don’t last.

SEE MORE

4 Barriers to Global Missions

For many, global missions sounds like an exciting and purpose-driven calling. But that often comes with fears, concerns, and what ifs.

SEE MORE

Pray for our single missionaries serving internationally in the midst of their unique struggles. 

Pray for missionaries to remain faithful in the mundane and not get caught up in striving to perform for the praise of others. 

Pray for missionaries who are doing valuable work yet have trouble raising support because their work or field is deemed less exciting or less important than other mission work by some in the church. 

Pray for missionaries raising support and for potential donors to grasp the eternal importance of supporting missions.

Pray for missionaries who are experiencing homesickness on the field.

Please pray for God’s protection over new missionaries and our MTW family as we engage in God’s kingdom work.

Pray for current missionaries, future missionaries, sending churches, and donors to be willing to ask the question, "How could God use me?"

Pray for missionaries on the field who struggle with loneliness.

DAY 30: Pray for new missionaries preparing to serve in restricted-access countries around the world that the Lord would use them mightily.

DAY 29: Pray for the identification, training, and appointing of leaders for new ministry opportunities across Europe.

SUBSCRIBE TO MTW ONLINE

Stories from the field straight to your inbox.