Philip was not quick to understand spiritual things or attempt to live by faith. In fact, he was probably the “slowest” mentally and spiritually of all the disciples. At the feeding of the five thousand, when Jesus asked him where they could get enough bread to feed the people, Philip did not respond in faith. He did not say, “Why, You can provide bread for them, Lord. We saw You turn water into wine. This should not be too hard for You.”
No, all Philip could say to the Son of God is found in John 6:5-7, “When Jesus then lifted up his eyes, and saw a great company come unto him, he saith unto Philip, Whence shall we buy bread, that these may eat? 6 And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, Two hundred pennyworth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may take a little.” When the searching Greeks came to him at the feast, wanting to find Jesus, Philip did not even have the spiritual boldness to deal with them himself. He had to take them to Andrew, who helped him introduce them to Christ.
John 12:20-22, “And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast: 21 The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus. 22 Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.“
But, Philip never gave up. Every day he stayed close to the Master, getting to know Him more perfectly, obeying His teaching as it became plain to him. And before too long, it all fell in place for him. Philip found the will of God… not because he was full of faith, abundantly talented or spiritually brilliant. Because Philip’s heart was right and because he daily obeyed and learned more from the Master, Philip found God’s will for his life.
You may not be the outstanding Christian in your church. You may never be recognized for your talents or abilities. You may even share with Philip the reputation of being “slow”, and “underachiever.” But when it comes to knowing and doing the will of God, you have the same opportunity and capability as anyone. God’s will does not belong to a favored few; it belongs to all who from the heart of trust and obey the Master completely.