Philip first emerges in the pages of Scripture as he brings his friend Nathaniel to Jesus (see John 1:43-51). Later he also is the one who brings the Greeks who desire to see Jesus with the help of Andrew (see John 12:20-25). He lived that practical call to walk out the Faith not only for others to see but to discover themselves. In order for them to do so it requires that our pursuit of Jesus and transformation daily into His likeness spill over into our lives in ways that lead us to share about Him with others. Philip stands as a great example toward that end.
Yet, how that looks in each life is different. Philip’s enthusiasm, practical evangelism and way of life was different than that of James. From his epistle we glean that he taught and instructed those in the faith, which was also reflected in his calling as the first overseer and Bishop of Jerusalem. His desire to bring others to Jesus looked different than that of Philip, but was no less passionate as we can see from his life and martyrdom.
As we reflect upon our calling to be witnesses to the Faith in our own day, it will be different in each of our lives. For God has created us each uniquely. The call upon our lives however, is the same. Namely that in word and deed and in our own pursuit of a life in Jesus Christ we are so transformed that we in our own ways and gifting make Him know to others in how we live, share, teach, exhort and lead them to Him as well.