First Hesitations (Acts 10-11)

 20 Rise and go down and accompany them without hesitation, Acts 10:20a.

For quite a few years I have been known to make a point with someone by light heartedly saying, someone’s words must be recorded in the book of first hesitations. Certainly you know there is no such book.

However, there are many sayings and many beliefs that are fiction because of the hardness of men’s hearts. Whenever God says, do something and we do not, it is coming from our book of hesitations.

I wonder, do you have a book of hesitations?

We see this in Peter’s life in Acts 10. You remember Peter? Peter was already known, in his day, as the leader of the Apostles. It had been Peter who had been granted the assignment of taking the gospel to the nations. Jesus said, “I give you the keys to the Kingdom,” Matt. 16:19.

On the day of Pentecost, Acts 2, the Holy Spirit was given as the power to accomplish the gospel. Peter began fast out of the gate as did the church. But there was the problem of first hesitations. What was this problem? Peter was prejudice toward Gentiles.

Three things happened that changed everything for Peter:

  1. Jesus spoke directly to Peter and said “Do not look at the Gentles as unworthy to have the gospel,” Acts 10:15.
  2. The Holy Spirit directed Peter to go without hesitation to the Gentiles, Acts 10:18.
  3. Peter was obedient to go and meet an entire house filled with Gentiles, Acts 10:29.

Oh the scene in that household when Peter cast aside his hesitations, 24-25.

Question: Are there any hesitations you and I need to cast aside? In Acts 11 Peter spoke before a Jewish council. His words are the cry of my heart today: “I will not stand in God’ way.”

Brothers and sisters, if there are any hesitations in your life, cast them at the feet of Jesus. The souls of men are to important to allow our preferences to stand in the way.

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