Who doesn’t love Ronald Reagan? Both political parties love to claim Him. He is the new Lincoln like green is the new black (I have no idea is this is true, but you get the idea).
Ronald Reagan was known for what is called Reaganomics, otherwise known as trickle-down economics. The overly simplified idea behind Reaganomics is that the more money you supply to those who have, the more will flow down to those who have not, hence trickle-down. Some of you may totally reject this economic structure, and that is fine. I am just using it as a hook because right now you are wondering what does this have to do with Jesus.
God’s spiritual economy is somewhat the same. Take at look at our verses. Philip was one of the twelve disciples, prior to ascending to Heaven, Jesus gave his followers a task, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15).
Thankfully they listened and they went from place to place and shared the Gospel with whoever did not have the Gospel. The book of Acts is chuck-full of stories of the Gospel spreading like wild fire, and each time it spreads through a follower of Christ. In Acts Chapter 8 we see this unfolding.
The Disciple Philip approaches a person who is reading the Bible, specifically the book of Isaiah, and this guy just cannot connect the dots. Philip jumps up in the chariot and walks him through the text and shows him how the text is pointing to Jesus being the Christ. He then encourages him to believe the Bible and accept Jesus as His Savior and King, and the person says yes and is baptized in the name of Jesus. Philip was crucial in the conversion of this person. God had given Philip the Words of Life, and they were trickling down through him.
And this is not the only example of this. At Pentecost, Peter used the book of Joel to explain that Jesus was Christ. Paul was regularly in the synagogues using scripture to argue Faith alone, Grace alone, and Christ alone. In fact, this was the only way people were accepting Christ, through the preaching of The Word (i.e. the Bible). “But many of those who had heard the word believed, and the number of the men came to about five thousand.” (Acts 4:4).
I love how Acts 6:7 puts it, “And the word of God continued to increase, and the number of the disciples multiplied greatly in Jerusalem, and a great many of the priests became obedient to the faith.” The way God’s economy works is that the people who have received the Gospel (The Word) are to share the Gospel (The Word). The Word of God should flow through all Christians to those around us.
There are several implications to this, I will mention two. First, are you equipped to share the Gospel? Do you know your Bible? What if someone was struggling through Isaiah, could you show them Jesus in those text? Unfortunately, many self-proclaimed believers never read their Bible, nor do they go to a Church that teaches and preaches the Bible. Make the choice to read and study the Bible daily and to surround yourself with others who read and study the Bible. If your church does not preach from God’s Word, then seek to change that, or look elsewhere.
Second, are you allowing the Word of God to flow through you? Or are you hoarding it? If you are hoarding it, you are being disobedient. Share Gods Word with your family, neighbors, co-workers, community, etc. Go and scatter seeds of God’s Word in your world. We are commissioned to share the Gospel, so get out and share it!