This morning we read Acts 10:24-48 and talked about Peter at Cornelius’s house. What was the meaning of the vision? To understand the meaning, we need to understand the love of God. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His One and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God desires everyone to be saved, to be with Him. Romans 1:16, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” God uses His sons and daughters in the past, today and in the future to spread the gospel throughout the nations.
In order for Peter to go and give hope to the hopeless, love to the unloved, sight to the blind and light to those living in darkness, he had to change his way of thinking. And us? We have to change our way of thinking. Are we prejudice in our thinking? Is there someone that you have no desire to talk to about the Lord because of the color of the skin, the way he/she looks, where or how he/she lives or if he/she has a different language? Peter said, “…But God has shown me that I should not call a man impure or unclean.”
I said to the boys, “Remember the movie ‘Woodlawn?’ Hank told the football players, ‘I look at what happened today and I think, aren’t you sick of it?… This thing happens so much it just feels normal.’ The desire to not tell others about Christ…does it feel normal? Looking down on someone because of his or her nationality? Does it feel normal? Saying bad words…does it feel normal? Being disrespectful to others…does it feel normal? Depends on whose standards you base it on.
“Jesus is the norm. He is the way, the truth and the life. Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ Peter said, ‘…I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.’
During breakfast I listened to a song by “Housefires” called “The Wick.” They sang, “My heart is the wick, love is the flame. I want to burn for you.” This describes the love we need for the Lord…a love that burns hot and shines throughout the world. When we have this love, we will preach the gospel, we will love others, we will respect others, we will hold our tongue, we will be obedient and live for Him. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” Is your heart a wick?
It was cold in the afternoon so our little one invited a few friends into the house to watch “Max.” Then the rain came. Enough said.
Update: Remember the boy who was in terrible pain Saturday morning? He was taken to the hospital and diagnosed with an infection. Well, he is supposed to rest for a week and resting he is. He must think he is in a hotel. A sofa is now his bed, and his meals are delivered like room service. He watches TV or plays Xbox during the day and does his homework in the afternoon (which is delivered by one of his classmates). I can honestly say, “I think he is better.”
Lee and Candy