The First Domino

"And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing" (Acts 8:26-40).

When Philip obeyed the Spirit's leading to go into the desert to witness to a single man, it was one of those quiet turning points for worldwide evangelism. Philip probably didn't realize the far-reaching significance of his brief encounter with the Ethiopian eunuch. Yet this unlikely convert in an unlikely place carried the gospel him with him. And the rest, as they say, is history.

As Dolton W. Robertson II observed,

Some believe that the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch led directly to the spread of churches there. According to Mosheim, when Roman forces were sent to suppress the Donatists, there were over four hundred bishops (pastors) in northern Africa alone! If this is even close to being accurate, there must have been a plethora of churches in that part of the world as early as 300 A.D.

It is impossible to know what will result from any witnessing opportunity. However, if we are divinely led like Philip, we may be honored with tipping over the first domino in a long series of conversions.

I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye" (Psalm 32:8).