“And the Spirit said to Philip, ‘Go over and join this chariot.’ So Philip ran to him (the Ethiopian eunuch) and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ And he said, ‘How can I, unless someone guides me?’ And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” - Acts 8:26-31
This passage of Scripture in Acts 8 is very meaningful to me, more so now at this point in the ministry to the elderly than ever before. Every week, I hand out a Bible verse that coincides with the focus for the meeting. Generally speaking, though I try to pick out verses that are easy to understand, the majority of the folk are in the dark.
At one meeting last week, I had talked about my mom’s faith in Christ and that she had gone to be with Him, and I spent time going over the truth of “absent from the body, present with the Lord.” As I was leaving, I stopped to chat with a widower who comes each week. He has been a faithful churchgoer. He believes that Jesus Christ is God, that He died on the cross for sin, that He rose from the grave and is coming back again, but he does not get the truth of the finished work of Christ on his behalf.
So…I climbed up into his chariot. He right off told me that his wife was present with the Lord, but that he couldn’t be sure about his eternity. “I have done so many bad things in my life.” I went over the week’s lesson again. Then, I asked him all the questions. He got them all right except, “Okay, based on your correct answers, where will you spend eternity?” He did not know. He didn’t get it. His sin was in the way. I went over it again with him and prayed with him. I left more assured that he got it.
Chariot chats. It’s part of the mission of ShiningLight2Seniors!
SHARING THE GOSPEL WITH INDIVIDUALS...
TAKE THE TIME!
Regardless of what kind of ministry with the elderly we pursue, there has to be time spent with individuals. This is part of the reason for this website...to impress upon us that just walking in the door, doing our thing and then walking out is not enough. Whether it's just to entertain by playing the piano for a half an hour or for bringing comfort dogs, or even for a Bible study, a goal...an absolute one...must be to spend time with an individual or two!
We can't get to every individual every week, but we can pray for God to point out someone to share with. In the story of Philip, the Spirit actually took care of the details and took him to the Ethiopian eunuch.
You will read this next line again and again on this website: Just going is not enough. When you look into the faces of the people, keep in mind that when it comes time for them to die, there are only two possibilities as to where they will be off to!
When all is said and done, it will not matter if you had a fun song fest or brought them a banana or helped them write a letter to their daughter or blessed them with a visit from a wonderful dog...what matters is the lesson from the story of Philip and the eunuch: Climbing up into the chariot with the individual and explaining what Jesus said about salvation and life after death!
When we do this, it is a Chariot Chat!