Yesterday we read about the Spirit's movement in the life of Cornelius. Today we will continue looking at what the Spirit did in Acts 10 as part of God's mission to spread the Gospel to every corner of the world.
While God was moving in Cornelius' life, He was preparing Peter's heart to witness to Cornelius. God had to change Peter's view of Romans and all Gentiles, a belief system developed over a lifetime of teaching from his parents, his religious leaders, and his community. God effectively transformed Peter's thinking through a vision.
Are there barriers in your life that are keeping you from sharing the Gospel with someone?
God portrayed food that the Jews had always considered as unclean as an analogy to the Gentiles, who were considered even more unclean. No Jew would have ever invited a Gentile into his house nor entered a Gentile home.
Yet, in Acts 10:15, we learn that the voice in the vision said to Peter, "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."
At the Spirit's direction, Peter soon finds himself traveling to Cornelius' home.
Are there barriers in your life that are keeping you from sharing the Gospel with someone? Perhaps God wants to use you to witness to someone you've always kept at a distance.
Prayer: God, forgive me for putting up barriers in my life that have kept me from being completely available to You. Help me to be willing to go to whomever You call me to serve so Your Gospel can spread to every corner of the world. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
"While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, 'Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them'" (Acts 10:19-20).
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