Bible Reference: Acts 10:1–5
Bible Text: 1 In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. 2 He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. 3 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. 4 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! 5 Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter.
Bible Translation: New Living Translation
I wonder how often we would hear of a top military official who is a Christian warrior? Please don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that we don’t have any Christians in top places, but I’m just commenting how often we will read about them in our newspapers, or in books or any type of public releases – to the extent of hearing how God is using them? Praise God, this was the case with Cornelius, and I wanted to draw our attention to some of the qualities he was recognized for – hoping that it may speak to our hearts:
- He was a devout man – He was totally devoted to the cause of Christ;
- He was a God-fearing man – He respected God and recognized Him as Ruler and King over everything;
- He was a Christian leader in his home – scripture says that his household was also God-fearing;
- He gave to the poor – A humble man will recognize needs and will do everything possible to meet those needs for the good of everyone involved;
- He prayed regularly – He recognized the God of this universe. Where his strength came from, and who deserved honor and praise
So, do you see any qualities in Cornelius that you wouldn’t mind folk saying about you? Do you see any qualities that you really wouldn’t want others to follow in your footsteps doing? Are there any of these qualities that you would feel ashamed of the press getting a hold of? Friends, these are Biblical characteristics that we would be proud to follow, but are we faithful in doing these things? What stops us?
Father, You created us to love You and to serve You. Unfortunately we have allowed our pride to kick in and overshadow our need for our God and especially recognize You in every aspect of our lives. Then we wonder why we fail so miserably in so many ways. Lord, please open the blinded eyes of Your children today through this reminder about Cornelius. Through this man’s humility and godly qualities, You were able to use Him to speak to Your servant Peter and to many others that crossed his paths. Lord, we will meet many today that need to know You as Lord and Savior, and no doubt they will look at our character for proof of whose we are. May we not disappoint You Father. May they see the need for a Savior and allow us to point them towards the cross of Calvary. May You be victorious today, even through our desire to imitate Your character. We will be careful to praise and thank You oh Lord, for I ask these things in the precious name of Jesus, AMEN!
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