Saturday, February 3

A catalytic event

Scripture: Exodus 35-36, Acts 10

Acts 10:34-35 Peter began to speak: “Now I truly understand that God doesn’t show favoritism, 35 but in every nation the person who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him.”

Observation

Peter was a good observant Jew, even as a Christian.  He considered Gentiles to be unacceptable to God and to him.  The gospel was still almost entirely a Jewish movement, but God wanted to break through that racial divide and reach the whole world, Jews and Gentiles.  So He gives Peter this humorous vision, and calls him to preach the gospel to the Gentile Cornelius and his family.

Lights are going on for Peter.  “Now I understand,” he says.  He got it.    He was awakened: God has no favorites.  God is no longer for “Jews only.”  It was a huge break through for the gospel and the church.

Application

We all have “unacceptable” people, or at least, favorites and non-favorites.  Usually our favorites are like us.  But God is for everyone, and like Peter, we need a break through.  We need to get the inclusivity of grace, the huge love of God for the whole world.

I’m working on this in our community, trying to bring Christians of every race and ethnicity together to know and love each other and work together.  We need breakthroughs, or what Dr. Brenda Salter McNeil calls “catalytic events.”  This was Peter’s catalytic event.

Prayer: Lord, give each of us ours.  I pray this for every Christian pastor, leader and believer in our town!  Awaken us as you did Peter.  Make us one for Your honor!