Tuesday, October 10
He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”
It is important that we take God at His Word. Meaning, when God says anything it is right to believe Him! At the same time, however, it is good to ask questions, seek clarity and desire understanding. God wants all people to come to Him not only in repentance, but also remain in His love every moment of every day; even when we have questions.
God spoke to Peter while He was praying. God showed Peter something very special; that some of the old ways of doing things were no longer appropriate. Peter had lived his entire life as a Jew in a certain way that God had prescribed. Peter only ate certain foods. Peter did not associate with certain types of people. Yet, God showed Peter a new way; a new way, in Christ.
You see, God made a way through faith in Jesus for all to come near to the Father and remain there. Peter was now free to spend time with the Roman soldier, Cornelius (beginning in Acts 10:24). Because of Jesus, Peter was able to go to all people – regardless of their identity or social status. Peter shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ and all who were present were saved, received the Holy Spirit and were baptized. Peter sought God, listened to God, believed God and followed. By God’s grace, may we also live near to God.
Father, You have made a way for me to draw near to You. You have given me freedom and strength to walk where Your Spirit leads. Give me wisdom, Lord. Give me courage. May I represent You as I go today. Amen.
Today would you PRAY in a new way? Pray that God would open your eyes to the fullness of the freedom you have in Christ. You are free to talk about Jesus with everyone. Pray that God would help that truth to resonate within your very spirit. Pray that God would give you His desire and His courage to pray with people, invite someone to church and share your Christian faith and all that the Lord has done in your life with others.