Tuesday, February 3

God is always at work…in everyone

Scripture: Exodus 35-36, Acts 10

Acts 10:1–4 In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. 2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. 3 One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” the angel said.

4 Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel. 

And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering!”

Observation

God is always at work—in everyone’s life.  

Cornelius was a Gentile (non-Jew) who was devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly—a description that I wish was true of more Christians!  Yet he was an outsider.  He sought God, yet God found him!  God saw his generosity and heard his prayers, and came looking for him.  God took the initiative to work in Cornelius’ life and make sure he heard the gospel.  

Application

God is always at work in everyone—even outsiders, even the unlikely.  This encourages me to look for what God is doing and join Him in His work.  Ask people their story; listen and look for where God is at work.  Understanding this makes gospel conversations easier.  Believe that God is at work in the person you’re talking with, and look for that work.

Sometimes it will be obvious, like Cornelius.  Other times it will be more subtle; often it is at the point of pain or struggle where God is speaking or working.  

Today, I will look for where God is at work in each person I meet—and join Him there by praying, encouraging and sharing Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, give me eyes to see Your work in people’s lives and a willingness to jump in and join You!