Today we return again to the drama of Acts 10. Peter a Jewish man has rather controversially been invited into the home of a Roman centurion and we’re going to reflect on the arrival of this unlikely houseguest by reading Acts chapter 10:24-29.
They arrived in Caesarea the following day. Cornelius was waiting for them and had called together his relatives and close friends. As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!” So they talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled.
Peter told them, “You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean. So I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. Now tell me why you sent for me.”
Cornelius had obeyed God and invited Peter to his home. Now, Cornelius is trusting the God will motivate Peter to accept. So confident is he in God’s plan that Cornelius has gathered a large number of friends and family to see and hear what happens next.
Peter, the much-anticipated guest arrives and begins by pointing out the elephant in the room (which is strange because that was not one of the animal that appeared on the blanket in his vision) – Peter is breaking Jewish law by accepting Cornelius’ hospitality. But God has spoken, so Peter is here.
I wonder today are we listening to what God is saying to us for today or are we living on past instructions? Can we ask the Lord to speak to us now and I encourage all of us to be listening for his voice.
Cornelius’ family gathered to hear about Jesus. I think now about a family in our community who don’t know Jesus. Can we ask in prayer Father God, draw them to Your son and equip me to share my faith with them.
Clearly from the passage we see that Peter has mastered the art of asking questions. He could have entered Cornelius’ home and launched straight into preaching but first, he wants to know more. Peter isn’t just being a polite guest. He knows that God is there before him and he’s looking for God’s fingerprints in the lives of his hosts.
What is God doing in the lives of the people I will meet or connect with today? What questions can I ask to discover God’s fingerprint?
Lord thank you for the promise that we find in Deuteronomy chapter 31 that you are striding ahead of us wherever we find ourselves today, you’re right there with us. And so Jesus I ask you to teach us the art of asking questions and listening well to the answers. Help us to remember that there’s no person we meet or connect with, and no matter where I enter where You are ahead of us already. We lay down today our agenda and listen for yours. Amen