“When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.” Acts 10:7-8.
“The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along.” Acts 10:23.
Both Cornelius, the centurion, and Peter, the apostle, are intervened with by God.
Both men were presented with opportunities and both men carried out the challenging opportunities.
Interactions between Roman soldiers and believers were rare at best. Being a believer was dangerous in Jerusalem, as we know from learning about Paul’s pre-conversion activities.
Associating with an apostle would be considered a social disaster for Cornelius and vice versa.
BUT both men overcame their initial reluctance and did what God wanted them to do. The result was that barriers were broken and interactions between Gentiles and Christians began.
Obedience is the key concept in these verses. I need to do what God wants. Not every opportunity to be obedient will glow with positive feedback BUT obedience requires going ahead with it.
I struggle with impatience. Things that obstruct MY intended path are not usually handled very well. That needs to change. If I am begging God to direct my path, why do I object when He directs me? Why am I so locked into MY ways that I remove His Ways from happening? I need to be obedient to HIS leadings.
“Lord, thank You for another positive role-model story. Peter and Cornelius obeyed You. They did what You asked and wonderful things resulted. I beg to know Your Ways today. Prick my conscience when I’m off on my way. Your Ways are the only Ways. Help me, Father, I beg. You are my God.”
God wants obedience from those who love Him.