Acts – Chapters 10-12

So, after Jesus ascended into heaven, who exactly were his disciples preaching to?  They were preaching to Jews.  That made sense, right?  I mean, they weren’t technically allowed to visit with, eat with or enter the house of any Gentiles.  Well, God had other plans.  And we all know, God’s plans are the best plans!

God sent a vision to two different people at the same time.  One vision to Simon Peter, using images to let him know that it was ok to speak with and eat with Gentiles.  It was also ok to eat the food that Jews previously were not allowed to eat.  “If God says something is acceptable, don’t say it isn’t.”  (Acts 10:15)

The second vision was to a man named Cornelius, a Roman officer.  He was told in his vision to go find Simon Peter in Joppa so that Simon Peter could share the Good News of Jesus with him.  Cornelius, a gentile, sent immediately for Simon Peter.

Cornelius was baptized and received the Holy Spirit.  Many Jews were upset about this.  However, Peter told them this:  “God gave these Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to argue?”  (Acts 11:17)

These are great words to live by today.  God wants us all to be brothers and sisters in Christ.  He doesn’t want us to think of ourselves as better than any other individual or any other group of people.  We must remember this always.  We are all his children and we all have the same promises from him.

How can you take this text and bring it to life this week?  Who can you share the Gospel with outside of your “Believer’s Circle”?  I challenge you to reach out to even just one person and embrace them with the love of Jesus.

Wednesday – Acts 10
Thursday – Acts 11
Friday – Acts 12
Saturday – Acts 13
Sunday – Acts 14
Monday – Reflection
Tuesday – Praises & Petitions

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