Scripture: Acts 15.
(What is God saying here?)
Acts 15:7-11 (NLT)
7 At the meeting, after a long discussion, Peter stood and addressed them as follows: “Brothers, you all know that God chose me from among you some time ago to preach to the Gentiles so that they could hear the Good News and believe. 8 God knows people’s hearts, and he confirmed that he accepts Gentiles by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us. 9 He made no distinction between us and them, for he cleansed their hearts through faith. 10 So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear? 11 We believe that we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus.”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
I believe that much too often we allow our own self judgment to prevent us from witnessing, or preaching, to certain folk because, from our perspective, God would never save them. During this past week when I was really feeling down about how awful things are, I was reminded that had it not been for the grace of God, would any of us have been saved? I love one of our newer contemporary songs that speak of all the people that Jesus loves anyway. With this in mind, why then do we judge who we feel God can save? Wait a minute, you might say, because you never judge anyone. Friends, when we look at others and feel intimidated to witness to them, we are placing them out of the realm of God’s ability to actually touch their hard hearts and save them. When we refuse to witness to certain sections of town, because of all that we have heard about from the newspapers with crime and sinful acts, I believe that we are really saying “I hear You telling me to go there God, but ……”. Let’s remember that the Jews thought that salvation, or God’s favor was really just for the Jews, so I’m sure that when Peter felt such a burden to preach to the Gentiles, his own people must have thought that he was out of his mind. Others will feel like we have lost our minds also when we listen to the voice of God to preach to, witness to, and love all the people groups of our communities. When God orders His church to witness to those in need of Him, I don’t believe that there is any respecter of persons. As verse 11 says, we are all undeserving of God’s grace; however we ALL can be saved in just the same way, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let’s lift the barriers friends, and lets preach the work of Christ to our world, yes even to those that we have always felt are impossible to reach because of walls that we have built in our minds.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Father, with a very important week ahead of me in the life of our church and many churches in this community reaching out to the people groups of Avon Park, I believe that You have placed this passage before me this morning to really meditate on and be reminded of that as we participate in Noah’s Fall Festival, that there is no respecter of persons in Your eyes, so there should be none in my eyes. Help me that I may love those that I come into contact with at the festival and that I may openly witness to them of Your love and mercy that is available to them. May they learn that they too can be saved and live in harmony with the God of our universe? Your love reaches out to the world. May I be a true example of You and do the same.
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