What I learnt from the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch

The Book of Acts offers an invaluable account of the Birth of the Church and its first exploits. The various sublime tales in the Book helps us understand basic principles for Christian living. Acts 8:26-29 narrates a story about Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch. The eunuch was a high ranking official in Ethiopia as he was in charge of Candace’s treasury. Queens ruled Ethiopia for an extended period. A queen was known as Kandake. Some Biblical scholars believe Queen Sheba; somewhat a nebulous figure came from Ethiopia.

The eunuch had travelled to Jerusalem to worship. We meet him on the way from Jerusalem. He is sitting on a chariot reading the Book of Isaiah, the prophet. The Scripture indicates that he could not decipher what he was reading. Thus Phillip was presented with a golden opportunity to decrypt the message for him.

The eunuch did not hesitate to let Phillip sit beside him on the chariot.

So what do we learn from this account?

  1. Going to Jerusalem to worship is not enough. We need to understand why we go there. It is helpful when we recognise the essence of our worship.
  2. Reading Scriptures is good. It is better when we understand what we are reading. But the best thing is when we apply what we learn.
  3. Worshipping God with genuineness moves Him to respond to our needs supernaturally. The Eunuch was worshipping God in truth but not in spirit. His love for true worship led him to spirit worship.
  4. There is always something we do not know, and it is wise to appreciate this fact. The earlier we come to this appreciation the fast we take concrete steps to learn and unlearn.
  5. God sends certain people into our lives to help us understand life and Kingdom principles. These people may either come from familiar or unfamiliar places. They may either be people we already know or complete strangers.
  6. Learn to ask for help. Do not be your own physician. Pride and ego can make us refuse to ask for help, or share our chariot with another person. Humility says, ‘I do not understand this, help me.’
  7. Take your time to help others. The input you give can prove to be a turning point in their lives.
  8. Some people are in your life for an appointed time, and for a specific task. Grab the opportunity and make use of their reservoirs. A time comes when they leave, and you may never get another chance with them.

Friends let us not put child locks on our chariots: Someone helpful could be purposing to jump on it and ride with us.

2 Responses to "What I learnt from the story of the Ethiopian Eunuch"

  1. simon says:

    great insight