#carmelprays – Acts 10:1-33
Opening Song: Hymn Of The Ages
Read Scripture: Acts 10:1-33
Obedience of God’s people
God is sovereign and meets His people in His own way to achieve His own purposes. A divine encounter between the angel of God and Cornelius, a God-fearing Gentile (non-Jew), at three in the afternoon resulted in him obeying and inviting the apostle Peter to speak God’s truth to him (v1-8). As Cornelius sends his men to invite Peter, God gave a vision to the apostle Peter to kill and eat four-footed animals, which the Israelites were not allowed to eat (Leviticus 11). Peter’s response that he has never eaten any of such animals was countered with another command: Do not call anything impure that God has made clean (v15)! While Peter was still thinking about the vision, Cornelius’ men came, and the Spirit told Peter to go with the men. The obedience of Peter and Cornelius led to the divine appointment when Peter went to Cornelius’ house (v23).
When the apostle Peter arrived at Cornelius’ place, he found a large crowd of Cornelius’ close friends and relatives. At this moment, Peter realized that God was preparing him to preach to the Gentiles even though it is against the Jewish law for a Jew to associate with a Gentile (v28). Peter knew that opposition would happen, yet he continued to preach the word of God to the Gentiles.
Peter and Cornelius responded to God’s call with urgency reflecting their obedience to God (v29 and 33). They have a choice to ignore God’s call, but they choose to obey His call. Peter also knows the consequences of preaching the word of God to the gentiles, yet he continued to do so.
Like these men, God has given us a strong mandate to be salt and light in this world (Mt 5:13-16). We also have a choice to be a good witness for Jesus or to keep Jesus for ourselves. Unlike these men, we do not face strong persecution when we try to share the Word of God. It may be uncomfortable to share the gospel with our friends who reject the Christian faith, but we have to remember our call. Our friends and relatives may ridicule our faith, but that cannot compare to the suffering of Jesus on the cross for our sins. Therefore, let’s take this call seriously to live a life worthy of the gospel of Christ (Phil 1:27) and to share our faith with our friends and relatives.
Pray in Response
O God who delights that we come to You! Thank You for desiring us to know You, love You and follow You wholeheartedly. Move us Lord to seek You in Word & Prayer. Cornelius prayed often. Peter prayed. In prayer, You guide them to fulfil Your will. In prayer, Peter realized how true it is that You O God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears You and does what is right. Grant us Spirit-led boldness to declare that Jesus is Saviour and in Him there is life not only for the present but for all eternity. Help Your children Lord to be strong and courageous and not fear, for You are always with them even to the end of the ages in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen!
Response Song: Facing A Task Unfinished
By Ee Pin Koon