Out of our comfort zone!
Scripture reading for June 15th: Acts 10:1-23
Has God ever asked you to do something that was beyond your ‘comfort zone’? Did you struggle to really know that it was God speaking? In today’s reading, we see how God speaks to believers and Gentiles to bring them together so that His will and purposes will be established. God is not so concerned with our comfort as with our obedience!
At Caesarea, a Roman Centurion named Cornelius was known as a God-fearing man who gave generously to the poor. One afternoon, he had a vision in which an angel of the Lord appeared to him and called his name. He responded and the angel spoke to him: “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.” (Acts 10:4b-6) It is interesting to note that our giving comes before the Lord and gets His attention. God misses nothing. Because of his giving, God instructed the angel to go and have Cornelius send for the apostle Peter. He told him exactly where to go. God also knows right where we live! He doesn’t need a GPS!
As the men went to get Peter, he was on his roof praying as he awaited his meal. He experienced a vision from God. “He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds of the air. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.” (Acts 10:11-15) Peter initial refused because he believed that these foods were unclean. The voice spoke again, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” Peter saw and heard this three times before the vision ended.
As the men arrived at Peter’s house and the Spirit spoke to Peter telling him to go down and greet them and go with them. Peter’s comfort zone had been enlarged by God to enable him to go and share the Gospel with these Gentiles! Are you open to have God enlarge you ‘comfort zone’? He wants to take you to some new places of witness! Pray and wait for the vision!