He (Jesus) commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. ~ Acts 10:42
Responding to the direction of the Holy Spirit, Peter travels to Cornelius’ house and is greeted by a roomful of Gentiles – Gentiles who are hungry for the Word. Peter reminds the group that Jewish law forbids a Jew from entering the home of a Gentile but remembers the vision God gave him, “I now realize that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right” (Acts 10:34-35).
God is actively working through the apostles to spread His Gospel to the ends of the earth. In this passage we see Cornelius and his family filled with the Holy Spirit after hearing Peter share the Gospel. The Jewish born brethren that joined Peter were astounded that the Holy Spirit gifted these Gentiles – and Peter declared that they, like the Jewish born brethren, should be baptized into the faith.
God’s plans trump our plans, or at least they should. As we walk through life, we must remember that God’s desire is that every man and woman would know His Son. We all encounter people in life who our human reasoning might lead us to believe will never come to faith. Let’s not sell God short. His plan for such people just might include you or me. Let us be open to God’s calling; let us always listen for His voice. Let us see all people as those whom God loves, and out of such love, let us be willing to share the universal truth of the Gospel as God would lead us.
Ponder this: Is there somebody to whom God would have me witness?
My prayer for today: Heavenly Father, I know I need to be closer in touch with You and with Your will. Forgive me when I falter and awaken me to Your calling. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.