I did not grow up in a Christian home nor was I exposed to Christianity much, except attending a local youth group with a few of my friends, but that was purely for the great food they served! When my husband and I had our first child, we decided it was “time to grow up and get serious about life,” and go to church. Neither of us were born again, but we wanted our son to have a “normal” life that neither of us had growing up. So, we tried out a Baptist church in town. The people there were nice and they welcomed us with open arms. For the first few years, I sat in those pews with deaf ears to the Word of God. I did not know any of the hymns nor did I know how to find the books of the Bible. It was quite embarrassing for me at that time because everyone around me seemed to have their act together, or so I thought they did! I really felt like I did not fit in after a while. I felt like an outcast. I did not have a great Christian upbringing as most of church members had. I had lived a life consumed with drunkenness, some drug use, fornication with my husband before marriage and *gasp* I wore pants to church. At that time in my life, I really felt that there was no way I could live the Christian life and be received by God until I cleaned up my act.
How many women sit in our pews feeling like this? Many women will come to your church with sinful pasts, drug addiction, kids out of wedlock, or a real physical problem that leaves them feeling like the Ethiopian; an outcast unworthy of approaching God. Just like my friend Cindy, we need to be obedient and run to the “Ethiopians “in our churches. We need to be like Philip, who was obedient when the Spirit of the Lord said to him, “Go over and join his chariot.” Was Philip’s response, “No Lord, I am too busy,” or “I don’t want to get into a relationship, it’s too time consuming and I just have so much going on right now,” or “I’m not a people person,” ? No, Philip didn’t have some of the excuses we frequently use; the Scriptures say “He ran to him!” These verses should move us and convict us in our own life to be obedient to the Great Commission and to get involved in the lives of other women as my dear friend Cindy did with me. May the Lord use us to introduce other women to Jesus.