A Spiritual Breakthrough
Day: 12 | Plan: Acts
Today's Reading: Acts 10:34-48
Acts 10:44 (NIV) “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.”
Yesterday, we read how God was breaking Peter. God had to work in Peter’s heart and mind so He could work through Peter. He does the same in us. He must work in us so He can work through us.
Truly, a metamorphosis occurred in Peter’s thinking concerning his association with the Gentiles. God was teaching him that the gospel, the truth about Jesus Christ, was not just for the Jews. It was for the Gentiles as well. It was a radical change in thinking. A crucial change. A change that would open the door for the gospel to expand around the world.
When Peter got to Cornelius’ house and stood before this Gentile congregation, the first thing he humbly admitted was he understood God didn’t show favoritism. He realized that anyone from any nation who feared God and did what was right was acceptable to Him: Jew or Gentile. (Acts 10:28; Acts 10:34-35)
Then there in Cornelius’ house, while Peter was sharing the gospel, the Holy Spirit moved in the middle of the message! The Gentiles who were gathered received the Holy Spirit just as the Jewish apostles received the Holy Spirit when they were all together in Jerusalem. And when these Gentiles received the gift of the Holy Spirit, they too began praising God. (Acts 2:4, 11; Acts 10:46)
The circumcised Jewish believers who were with Peter were amazed because these Gentiles received this gift of God without being circumcised and without becoming Jewish. At that moment, they all realized God shows no partiality. The gospel and the power of the Holy Spirit are for all who believe. Even Gentiles. (Romans 1:16-17)
Ancient barriers came crumbling down that day. As a result, today the gospel is preached to Gentiles as Gentiles, and we don’t have to become a Jew to become a Christian.
Just as Peter says in his sermon, Jesus is Lord of all. (Acts 10:36) He is the Savior and Lord of Jews as Jews and of Gentiles as Gentiles. He receives all who place their faith in Him. (Acts 2:21)
I believe God wants to break through the barriers of prejudices in your life and mine. We may not like to admit it but we all have preconceived ideas concerning where, when, how and with whom God can work.
We have racial prejudices, cultural and national prejudices. We even have denominational prejudices that lead us to believe God is more willing to work with our denomination than with others. Some believe a big church or a “mega-church” is better than a small one. It’s simply not true. The gospel is for all who will come to God through faith in Jesus Christ.
God wants to expand our hearts and minds beyond any barriers we have erected to expand the gospel.
Prayer: Holy Father, thank You for Your grace extended to me. Thank You for the people You placed in my life who shared the truth of the gospel with me. Lord, expand my heart and my mind beyond what I’m accustomed to and give me Your heart for those who don’t know You. Fill me with Your love and Your grace. Break down any barriers. Keep me teachable and sensitive to Your leading and help me to faithfully share the truth of the gospel with others all around me. In Jesus’ name, amen.
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