May 4 – Acts 10:9-48
I have to start with praise and thanksgiving today! You see, about three years ago, one of my friends shared with me a vision God gave her of sharing fresh food with the poor. God made it obvious to us last year that He wanted us to start walking through the doors He opened for this, and now as of this last weekend, with the help of 20 believers from several different churches who showed up to help, we have broken ground! Praise the Lord! We had/have our share of doubts, disappointments, and delays, but Acts 5:39 carries us through and encourages us—“But if it is from God, you will not be able stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God.” This project gives me hope that we can build the Acts church right here—a place where all the believers are of one heart and mind (Acts 4:32) and where a community of believers can encourage one another through the love of Jesus Christ!
Our reading today is also about a vision and God’s faithfulness in bringing it to life. Cornelius’ obedience to God that we read about a few days ago is also rewarded!
READ: Acts 10:9-48
Acts 10:28-29 – “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile or visit him. But God has shown me that I should not call any man impure or unclean. So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection.”
Today’s reading is the key to bringing the Good News to the ends of the earth, including bringing it to you and me! God gives Peter this seemingly crazy vision in verses 10-16. Peter is also confused by the vision (vs. 17), until the Holy Spirit guides him to Cornelius’ house, and he has one of those “duh” moments when he realizes that God was telling him that he can no longer think of non-Jews being “unclean”. This was a break from Jewish tradition and the laws passed down through Moses. In order for Christianity to spread to the ends of the earth, the Jews, starting with Peter, had to realize that the blood of Jesus washes ALL sinners clean.
Obey God and follow the Holy Spirit without objection.
Thank You for Your visions! And thank You for Your faithfulness in directing those visions as they come to life! I am so thankful that You set us free from all of the laws in the Old Testament and that we live under Your commands to love You and love others. You were so close to Peter; his hands and feet moved as the Holy Spirit did, and he seemed to accept this change to everything he ever knew without argument or stubbornness. Please help me to be so fluid with the Holy Spirit moving me! I want to do Your work without hindering it, without argument.