“And the voice came to him again a second time. What God has cleansed and pronounced clean, do not you defile and profane by regarding and calling common and unhallowed or unclean” [Acts 10:15]
The story of Peter and Cornelius is the story of those who do not know Jesus Christ and those that do. Those who we might call ‘seekers’ they are aware there is a God, but personal experience is missing. This could be said of people in all nations, all families and all communities, especially our own.
It is written God knows those who are His—He knows the choices they will make, but we the church must cooperate with the Spirit and participate in what He is doing in the world today! It is our hour of opportunity. The story teaches us that God is Sovereign—He rules the four corners of the earth and is gathering His people from those corners. Peter learned to accept God as ruler of the world—for God so loved the world—and Peter had to become the message, he was being called out of the comfort zone of living in what he knew and move beyond to the unknown. Peter was a fine preacher and God used him to save 3,000 souls in one day, but Peter had to walk a much deeper walk and learn that love transcends what he had been taught, there was something more; God’s grace was seeking those who would be His among those ‘outside’ the Jewish nation.
Peter learned that God had perfect timing and was networking behind the scenes to fulfill what He had planned as a huge expansion of His Kingdom. Peter had to believe and trust that God was sending him into a previously unlawful position and by doing so his presence confirmed God’s awesome love. His obedience would not just save the household of Cornelius, but open the door for the gentile nation!
Wherever you find yourself in relationship to others learn as Peter did that to love the loveable is not the goal. The goal is to go into the darkness of the unsaved world and BE the light!
Further Reading: Acts 10; Luke 10:25-37