The minute Peter came through the door, Cornelius was up on his feet greeting him—and then down on his face worshiping him! Peter pulled him up and said, “None of that—I’m a man and only a man, no different from you.”
27–29 Talking things over, they went on into the house, where Cornelius introduced Peter to everyone who had come. Peter addressed them, “You know, I’m sure that this is highly irregular. Jews just don’t do this—visit and relax with people of another race. But God has just shown me that no race is better than any other. So the minute I was sent for, I came, no questions asked. But now I’d like to know why you sent for me.”
Some of you may recognize the title ‘Go Where You Send Me’ as the name of a popular contemporary song. I thought to borrow the title for this devotional today, as it so aptly fits! Peter, a Jew, was traditionally brought up to not mix with the Gentiles. However, when God called him to go with the Gentile team to visit a Gentile, Cornelius, he never hesitated but followed the command given to him by God.
Can you imagine how many of us would remain on our knees until we could get God straight on such a direction or command being given to us? This may sound bad coming right out and saying this, but I want us to be realistic. Some of us would have to be careful singing the words of the song mentioned, because we would be greatly challenged if God instructed us to go to a third world country as a missionary – why many of us are challenged to welcome people not of our own race into the house of God where we worship. Many of us would not dream of going into certain areas of our cities to witness and represent our Savior that, by the way, came to save ALL peoples of ALL races. My, how God must shake His head in dismay sometimes as He sees His creation living and thinking this way. Friend, I challenge you, and me, to become more like Peter and be prepared to follow God’s instructions when we ask Him to show us how to be more like Him. Peter went, without hesitation, where God sent him, are you prepared to be that obedient today? Let’s not place any conditions when, like Peter, we ask God to use us in His service. It could be anywhere and at any time.
Father, please prepare our hearts to ‘Go Where You Send us’, God being our helper and provider! Please tender our hearts that we may be obedient to You and not impacted by the traditions of our upbringing, or the prejudices of our hearts. Like You, may we have a heart and mind to minister to all people through our love, our actions and our words.