Sunday, April 8, 2012

Acts 10:34-38

Summary retelling of Acts 10:34-38

Peter hears Cornelius and confirms what he has been learning up until now.  God shows no partiality.  Anyone who follows God in any nation can be loved by God.  Peter then talks about Jesus and confirms what they may have heard.  The Word of God did come and dwell among us.  He did preach words of peace.  He is the Lord of all.  The Holy Spirit did anoint Him.  He healed.  He freed people from the oppression of Satan.  God was with Him.

Thoughts for Today
First Thought:
I love how Peter does confess his change.  Peter is bold in his words.  He sees that God is doing something different and he acknowledges it.  There is power in acknowledging that God has changed us – and it is something that most of us overlook time and time again.  If I confess that God has taught me to change, then the people to whom I confess can now hold me accountable.  If I simply decide to change and don’t tell anyone about it, then there is nobody to hold me accountable when I backslide.  Confessing how God is changing how we think is very important to remaining faithful.

Do you let people know when God has changed your thinking on something?  Do you like the idea of some people being able to hold you accountable?

Second Thought:
God shows no partiality.  Race, color of skin, gender – none of these things matter.  All that matters is whether a person loves God, repents of their sin, and allows God to come into their life and change who they are.  We need not be born a special way.  We need not accomplish any “holy checklist.”  All that matters is that God comes into our life and makes us His.

How do we know we are His?  How do we know with confidence that we are saved if there is no “magic list” of things we can do?

Third Thought:
Look at the list of things that Jesus is said to have done.  Wouldn’t that be a great epitaph for any of us?  Would you like to be remembered as someone who brought the Word of God among us, who spoke words of peace, who taught that Jesus is the Lord of all, who was anointed by the Holy Spirit, who healed people, and who freed people from the oppression of Satan?  Not that you can be Jesus, but wouldn’t you like to be known as someone with whom God dwelled?

What’s stopping you?

Passage for Tomorrow: Acts 10:39-43
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