Read Acts 10:1-8
1. The Preparation of Peter (9:32-10:23a, continued). We see in this section of the book of Acts Cornelius is noted as a man who prayed, gave to the poor, and had a devout family.
He had a vision one day. An angel of God told him that God has received his prayers and gifts as a memorial. Cornelius is to send men to Joppa to escort Simon Peter back to Cornelius’ house. Cornelius followed the instructions and sent the men.
- Living godly lives. Notice in vss. 1-2 of this section of the book of Acts the example set by Cornelius. He was a soldier and family man who was so devoted to God that he often prayed and gave to the poor.
It is good for men to have a job. Many men would do well to have a family. However, without God, job and family will be too much to handle. As great as prayer is, prayer that doesn’t move us to help somebody is suspect.
Let’s work on living the lives that God is calling us to live. Such lives often include our jobs, our families, our prayer life, and our giving.
The greatest thing that Cornelius was missing in vss. 1-2 was Jesus. It doesn’t matter what else a person has going for them, without Jesus, they are doomed to Hell. Let’s make sure we have and are sharing Jesus with others.
- Trusting God’s will. Notice in vss. 3-6 of this section of the book of Acts that God knows us as individuals. With Cornelius, God knew his name, how to get his attention, about his prayer life, and about his giving to the poor.
God also knows who we need to talk to and how to make the connection. Our task is to cooperate with God’s will for our lives. God’s knowing all about us and our lack of cooperation will not help us.
Let’s work on trusting God’s will for our lives. This calls for listening for His will, being faithful in the things that we know He already wants us to do, and then doing whatever else He is calling us to do.
- Sendable men. Notice in vss. 7-8 of this section of the book of Acts that Cornelius had some sendable men around him who allowed him to respond to God’s will quickly.
When a leader has to do everything his/her – self then there is a limited amount that can be done. However, with trusted, competent, and sendable people, so much more can be accomplished.
Let’s work on being sendable and helping to develop sendable people. The church should help develop soldiers for God’s army.
Families should work on developing young people into adults who can be sent to be contributors to their communities and society.
Read Acts 10:9-23a
In this section of the book of Acts Peter had a vision about eating unclean foods. While he was thinking about the meaning of the vision, the men who were sent by Cornelius arrived.
The Spirit told Peter to go with the men. Peter invites the men in as guest.
- Prayer life. Notice in vs. 9 of the book of Acts that Saul was known for his prayer life. Would anyone describe you or me as a person of prayer?
We should make time to praise and thank God for His goodness. We should confess our sins to Him and seek to live according to His will. We should ask God’s blessings on those in need along with ourselves.
We should work on praying more than over our food and for less than two minutes before we go to bed. Let’s work on having a healthy prayer life. I suggest at least 10 minutes a day, until you grow to more.
- Hear and obey God. Notice in vss. 10-13 of the book of Acts that God meets us in ways that we can understand to communicate His will for our lives.
As God spoke to Saul about eating in a vision, while he was hungry, God can use what is going on around us as well. The message was that if God declares something to be clean then it is clean.
This is the case with Jewish food restrictions that Christians are not bound to. This is true of Gentiles who were considered unclean to Jews.
It is the case with all of humanity – Blacks, Whites, Hispanics, etc. God loves sinners and hates their sins. Let’s make sure that we are open to hearing God and then obeying Him.
Too often we try to limit God to what we are used to. And we are tempted to think that our hang ups are God’s hang ups. God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son for the salvation of those who would accept Jesus as Savior by faith.
- Doing our parts. Notice in vss. 17-20 in the book of Acts that God has a master plan. We should work on doing our part, even when we don’t understand the larger plan.
The servants and soldier did their part. Cornelius did his part. Peter is going to do his part. Are you doing your part? We all have God given principles to live by in our churches, families, communities, and on our jobs.
Let’s make sure we are doing our parts in God’s master plan. As what seemed to be Cornelius’ words were ultimately and actually the Spirit’s words, God is yet giving us instructions through those He has allowed to have rule over us.
Conclusion: Let’s work on being witnesses for the Lord everywhere we go. God has much for those who obey His will.
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