A Man Who Needed More

“Now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord,” Acts 10:33

This mornings readings center on Acts 10.  For me, this is one of the great moments in the New Testament Church.  In this passage we read the story of how God clearly defined for Peter and the church the following, “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality.”

This is an amazing truth that comes from the gospel.  Question, “Has this truth become a reality in your life?”  Consider how it became a reality in Peter’s life.  Acts 10 begins with the brief story of a Gentile who needed more (10:1-8).  Here was a guy who was loved by many, simply because he was a good man who gave to the poor and feared God.  However, He did not know Jesus Christ.  But Jesus, in his mercy, would send Peter to him to show him what he needed.

Acts 10 continues with the brief struggle of a Jew who needed more (10:9-23).  God would reveal to Peter that his adherence to the Kosher laws was hindering the gospel.

Acts 10 progresses as God brings these two men together (10:24-43) in a magnificent display of God’s glory and grace.  When Peter comes to this man’s house he discovers that the man has gathered his family and friends to hear the message that Peter would deliver.  The fact is, “There are many men who need to know more.”

Peter in obedience to God shares the message of the Gospel, “To everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.”  Brothers and sisters this is what every man needs to hear.

However, many people still have not heard.  It could be possible, that many of these people are in your spear of influence.  This morning I was reminded of this as I read Proverbs 31.  Consider the following, “Open your mouth to the mute, for the rights of all who are destitute.  Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” 31:8-9.  We who have been given the gospel must give the gospel to those who do not have the gospel.

I am so thankful that God revealed this to Peter and I am thankful that God inspired Luke to record for us this powerful moment in the church.  I wonder, “What will history record about your church and my church?”  I pray that our churches will obey the gospel call, “God shows no partiality!!!”

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