Continuing with our systematic look at Acts, today I’m talking about Acts chapter 10. Acts 10 is something that I have spoken about before, so I’ll mention my point again, with some new ones. Read chapter 10 and then have a look at my thoughts.
The first thing that strikes me in this passage is how Cornelius is told one to go and see Peter and he does it. Peter (who is a great man of God) hears 3 times, and is still not sure. He is still pondering about what it means. Now I am not pointing fingers here, if I am, most of them are pointing at me. How often do we as Christians over think that God has told us? How often do we over analyse things and procrastinate over every detail? We are usually very good at forming committees and explaining how everyone else is doing it wrong, but we aren’t usually people of action. God needs (and wants) people of action. When you hear God’s voice, listen and obey, don’t over think. I know that this is going to come back and bight me in the backside, I need to listen to these words too.
The other thing that I find interesting, is that an angel appears to Cornelius, tells him to go and find Peter. Why did the angel not just tell him the gospel and leave Peter out of it, surely that would have been easier? This is very interesting because there are a few answers, some may be controversial, but that has never stopped me before. God wants (and needs) us involved. He loves to see us seeking the Kingdom, and doing what He has called us to do. Now some people will go as far as to say that God can’t do what He has asked us to do, where as others say that He won’t do what He has asked us to do, where others say that God can and will do anything. I don’t believe that the third one is true, God is sovereign, but He doesn’t always get His way. (Before you write to complain about that, read ‘Sovereignty of God‘). Whether God won’t or can’t do what He has asked us to do, it doesn’t make a difference, either way He is limiting Himself. We have been called by God to do certain things, and He won’t interfere. Spreading the Gospel is one of those things. I believe that is why God sent Peter and didn’t just do it Himself. Also, Peter would have grown spiritually by doing it, and that is what the Lord wants, He wants us to grow in Him. Bottom line. Get involved, do what God has called you to do and stop waiting for Him to do it.
God tells Peter that he should not call any man unclean. Do we do this? Are there certain types of people that we see us unclean or unworthy of salvation? We will probably say no, but let me ask this question. Are there any people that we may be less willing to preach the gospel to? Every country that I have been to, there is always a ‘people group’ that the locals don’t get along with. Even if there isn’t, there are always people that seem ‘less appealing’ to us. We all need Jesus, and He loves us all. This is not judgement or condemnation, it is merely something to make us all (me included) think.
Peter then goes on to preach the gospel, and many gentiles became Christians. One act of obedience and look what God did with it. What do you think He will do if we act in obedience? What do you think that He could do through you? This is what church is all about, disciples making disciples. I have no intention just to teach on this blog and have people come and read and learn and then do nothing with it. I read other’s blogs and learn, then I put it into practise and then I teach it. I hope that others will learn, put it into practise and then teach it. This way, we are all learning, practising and teaching. This way the gospel will spread quicker!
Learn, believe and take action.