“Do not call anything unclean that God has made pure.”
In Acts 10 Peter went up to his roof and closed his eyes, and God opened them with this vision. For those of us who do not come from a Jewish heritage, this is one of the most important stories in the Bible. In this story, the disciples come to realize that salvation through Christ is available to everybody everywhere, not only to the Jewish people. And God has given to us part of the job of spreading His good news. That can be a frightening challenge but remember that He will first do the hard part Himself. In these verses God prepared Cornelius’ heart to be ready to hear the news before He had him talk with Peter; and He is preparing the hearts of people in your life to hear the gospel from you. Maybe it is your school friend whom you study with, your brother who has grown steadily away from the church, or your coworker you’ve been working alongside for years. Nobody is “out-of-bounds” – the Lord wants a relationship with each of His children.
“The Lord is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9 Father, please open my eyes today and reveal the people in my life who You have prepared to hear the gospel.
“…if we want God and are ready to do as he says, the door is open.” Acts 10:35 (Message) Most of us agree we want God. But are we ready to do as He says? In this chapter of Acts, Cornelius, a Gentile, is told by God in a vision to send for Peter – a foreigner – a Jew. God gives no reason; Cornelius asks no questions – he just does it. And then waits. And when Peter comes, Cornelius invites him in and waits again, “ready to listen to whatever the Master put in your heart to tell us.” Do we trust God enough to simply do what he asks and then wait for Him to reveal what it means? We are a generation of questioners, of action. I’ve always been full of questions and NOT good about waiting. How hard it is for me to just listen to God without questioning and then wait – wait for God to reveal His plans, Himself. But the times I manage to do this; when I usually ignore my natural instincts to do things my way, to “make it happen.” But the times I actually listen to that voice in my heart that says, “wait and listen for God’s direction”, those times are ALWAYS better. Father God, thank you for knowing what’s best for us. Help us to learn to wait and listen for your Word. This week, try to quiet your heart so you can hear what your Father is saying. And then do it!