Who will He call? In His Word 1-21-2021


Who will He call? In His Word 1-21-2021

God uses people in odd situations to reach people in different places. If you are called to reach out to the poor, do not think He will not use you equally as well with the rich!  Sometimes God uses people in ways they had no idea He would do…

In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God.  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. 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!  Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter.  He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.” As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants. He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa. Acts 10:1-8.

Cornelius was obedient to the angel of God and did what he said right away. Are we apt to be as quick in response? Or do we wait to see if it is truly God? Cornelius sent his men straight away and they found Peter as they were told, when they got there they found that God was preparing Peter as well!

The next day as Cornelius’s messengers were nearing the town, Peter went up on the flat roof to pray. It was about noon, and he was hungry. But while a meal was being prepared, he fell into a trance. He saw the sky open, and something like a large sheet was let down by its four corners. In the sheet were all sorts of animals, reptiles, and birds.  Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.”

 “No, Lord,” Peter declared. “I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean.” But the voice spoke again: “Do not call something unclean if God has made it clean.” The same vision was repeated three times. Then the sheet was suddenly pulled up to heaven. Peter was very perplexed. What could the vision mean? Just then the men sent by Cornelius found Simon’s house. Acts 10:9-17.

When God tells us that something is to be done, in a certain way, we need to do it even if it goes against our nature. Peter only ate the things that were in the Law to eat, prepared in the proper ways and nothing ‘unclean’ touched his lips. Yet God was telling him to do something totally different today. I find it interesting Peter that he was invited to go with them, because of the vision he had received Peter accepted.

He went into the house of a Gentile and understood that God had made it okay. You see, the Jews were not permitted to enter a Gentile dwelling, but God had shown Peter that He was snowing no favoritism but was open to Peter sharing the Good News of Christ to all nations. He taught him with food but was meaning to accept what He put before him as clean and acceptable to do. Even if it meant going into a stranger’s home and blessing it, and all who lived there with the saving grace of Jesus Christ!

Cornelius replied, “Four days ago I was praying in my house about this same time, three o’clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, a man in dazzling clothes was standing in front of me.  He told me, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God! Now send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.’ So, I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you.”

Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. his is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. Acts 10:30-36.

Sometimes God will bring us to a situation that we did not think we would ever be in so that He could bring us to speak to someone we never thought we would speak to so that we are the Gospel message, and that of healing, and peace, and love with the persons around us. Do not think that you or I are different, God will use each of us in His way. The only difference is the people He puts before us are for the time and the place He has chosen.  My witness may go out over the internet, yours may be in person. Whatever, and wherever and even whomever God puts before us we are to walk in the path and do whatever His Holy Spirit directs us to do.

Often God will give us a direct word to share with someone, sort of like with Peter. He knew what to do, and Cornelius knew who to send for. Other times we may be given a word and not have a clue what it is about or even if it did what it said it would do.

Many years ago, the Lord gave me a word in church. I was to tell someone that the vision I saw in my mind’s eye was about their life. I was shaking. I was nervous, and almost did not do it but… When I stood up to leave God placed this person in my eye view. So, I shared the vision of a teacup and saucer that were dropped to the ground and shattered... but then the cup came back up into the hands that had dropped it perfect and without damage. Reformed, and rebuilt. I told her that the teacup was her life. I had no idea and still today I do not really know what she was going through, but I know it was of the Lord and that it touched her heart if even for a moment in time.  God took her through some earth-shattering experience and brought her life back together I am sure of it. My part was only to share the vision. I was not involved in her life really; she was just someone who was in a group that met for pot lucks and Bible studies, and I called her my friend but we did not really know one another that well yet. Still, I trust that God knew what was going on. I have not spoken with her in many years, but today I thought of her while reading this section of the Word. We do not know what our words, or our obedience to our calling will do for someone else, often we do not even know why God told us the thing.

Peter was perplexed at first over the three copies of his vision. He had no idea at first, but later God revealed it to him. Still, Peter followed the direction of the vision and because of that the household he would have avoided came to saving grace!

Has God spoken to you recently about doing something? Maybe stepping out there to share a word, and faith with someone you hardly know? Maybe He encouraged you to join a life group for His purpose? Do you know that only God knows why He pushes us forward to do things we are a bit uncomfortable with? He gave me the idea to start a Youtube Channel and now I am doing weekly splatters of Jesus and life… perhaps someone out there will be reached for Him through it, but I know some have been encouraged already. The point is, I am being obedient so God can run with it!  Its not about me, but about His directions and His plan no matter how hard it is for me in the physical, He will work in the Spirit to do will and draw others to Him, and His calling. Our job is just to do the best we can to do His will in our little lives. In Jesus’ name.

Read it all!  Acts 10: 1-48 and think about what God has called you to do today.