Text: Acts 10; Joshua 9-10
In Acts 10 we find the story of the Roman centurion, Cornelius, being converted to Christ. This is a watershed moment as Peter and the disciples, having been raised as Jews, were under the impression that salvation was not for Gentiles (non-Jews). Prompted by a vision from God, Peter goes to Cornelius and tells him and his friends and family about Jesus.
While Peter was still saying these things, the Holy Spirit fell on all who heard the word. And the believers from among the circumcised who had come with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit was poured out even on the Gentiles. (Acts 10:44-45)
It is good to be reminded that it is within the power of the Holy Spirit to bring anyone to new life – even that person we might think least likely. It is important to be reminded that we can and should share Jesus with everyone, no matter our sense of the chances of success. It is good to be reminded that when each of us comes to faith, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And it is good to be reminded that our great God is able to surprise and amaze us, even today.
in Him, Mike