Unless Someone Guides Me
April 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
The encounter between Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch on the road from Jerusalem to Gaza (Acts 8:26-40) is one of the Bible’s profound accounts of true companionship. No discernment (wisdom; understanding) without the guidance of an other (8:31). That is the true Christian significance of companionship. Where two or more are in conversation with the Word of God in their midst, you can anticipate the risen Lord to appear beyond the literal text. And when that happens in relationship with others, true Christian community is formed. In the Acts story it leads to baptism, the mark of Christian identity (8:36-38). In our time, we can expect the Spirit of God to still do the same. Where you and I are sent into relationship with others, we are giving the opportunity to form Christian community in which we will discover how the living God is showing up in our world today.