Thursday, September 3rd
There is a good process that takes place in a seeker's mind, heart, and life as God works to move them along toward saving faith in Christ. Yesterday we looked at the mind and today we look at the heart. As was said before, Philip is making sure about the fullness of the Ethiopian man's response to Christ before he will baptize him. In other words he wants to make sure he has come to the point of genuine saving faith in Christ. What starts in the mind must move to the heart. The Ethiopian has responded to the claims of who Jesus Christ is and what he has accomplished through his death, burial, and resurrection. But he needs to have responded to the person of Jesus Christ as well.
Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.” And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.” Acts 8:37 (NKJV)
Remember that Jesus stands and knocks at the door of a seeker's heart waiting for his voice to be heard and the door to opened so he can enter in and begin a fellowship of intimacy with the person who responds to his saving presence. This is what it means to believe with all your heart. Saving faith is not just an accepting of the facts of the Gospel message with one's mind, it is also a deep trust in the person of Christ when he comes to the door of your heart that allows him to enter in with the full provision of his grace and presence.
For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who believes in him will not be disappointed.” Romans 10:10-11 (NLT)
The importance of faith moving from the head to the heart is reinforced in our Romans passage. It also talks about delaring our faith which will be a part of tommorow's considerations when we look at the work God does with one's life in order to bring them to saving faith. The Ethiopian was ready to be baptized because he had come to saving faith in Christ. Philip is just looking for verification that the good process needed for saving faith has involved the mind, heart, and life of this Ethiopian man. So, we see the involvement of the mind and heart and tomorrow we will see that of the life.
Lord, thank you for knocking on the door of my heart. I do believe with all my heart. I know that I am in you and you are in me. Seeing the work you did in the Ethiopian man's life that brought him to saving faith brings me great reassurance regarding your work in my life. I rest in your love, provision, and presence. Amen!
Posted on Thu, September 3, 2015
by Alan Porter