Have ever noticed that you stop seeing the things that are right in front of you? It happens to all of us. Maybe it’s the pile of stuff in the hallway, or the dent in the front bumper, or even how good-looking our spouse is. At first, that thing grabs our attention. “Clean me up! Fix me! Wow!” But as time goes by, we get used to it. We stop seeing it. Sometimes we do the same thing with God and with people. We stop seeing what’s right there in front of us. This stage is about learning to really see all over again.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 & Acts 8:26-31.
Think of someone you care about who doesn’t know Jesus. Go through 2 Corinthians 5:18-21 again with this person in mind. How does God feel about this person? How do you think your friend’s life could change if he or she were in a relationship with God? What are some ways you can be God’s ambassador to this person?
What had to happen for the Ethiopian in the Acts 8 story to become a believer?
Philip is paying attention when the Holy Spirit asks him to change his plans for the day. If something like that happened to you, how would feel? (Scared? Excited? Skeptical? Annoyed?) Many different things get in the way of us sensing and responding to the Holy Spirit the way Philip did. What are two or three things you could do differently to help you grow in this area?