Whose example of responding to God’s call will we follow… Jonah’s or Philip’s?

This morning I had “Coffee with the Lord” while traveling back from Colorado Springs… Consequently not a long post, but I think a thought provoking one, nevertheless…

Was reminded in my Bible reading today of the stark contrast between Jonah’s response to God’s call and commission and Philip’s in the Book of Acts.

Jonah rebelled and ran the opposite direction (Read Jonah 1:1-3)

Philip heard the Lord’s call and obeyed, overcoming racial prejudice and personal inconvenience to do God’s will…

“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?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him… Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus.” (Acts 8:26–35 ESV)

What a stark difference in responses! What a contrast in attitudes! What different consequences and outcomes for Jonah and Philip! My prayer? Oh Lord, may I be as quick and enthusiastic in my response to your call and guidance as Philip!

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