Tuesday, September 13 – Acts 10:28
And he said to them, “You yourselves know that it is forbidden for a Jewish man to associate with or visit a foreigner; and yet God has shown me that I am not to call any person unholy or unclean.
Have you ever heard someone or something referred to as a “lost cause?” We use this phrase to express that a person or effort is not worth investing in because they are either set in their ways, or we just don’t believe they will ever change. Sometimes we unknowingly lump people into this category. We don’t see the expected results, or our relationship is difficult, so we figure they are not worth investing in. After his revelation from God, Peter had a new state of mind. God led him to minister to the Gentiles without the conditions of the Jewish law attached.
There are many reasons we might write a person off. Maybe it’s because they are difficult, we feel awkward approaching and opening up to someone new, or we’ve have never learned how to love someone different from us. Peter, by faith and through the power of the Holy Spirit, stepped out of his comfort zone of the Jewish law and began to minister to the Gentiles. This was not easy, but Peter’s word to the people in this verse revealed his greater faith in who God was greater than how he felt. Who are people you have written off or had a hard time approaching? Have faith that God will equip you with all you need as you trust in and walk with Him.
- What is difficult for you about sharing your faith? Why?
- Has someone ever stepped out of their comfort zone to share the love of Jesus with you? What was that like?
- Pray and ask God that you would trust who He is over how you feel.