Acts 10 – Prayer and fasting Journal – January 10, 2017 – Pastor Dennis Shillingburg
Acts 10:34-35 Then Peter began to speak: “I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right.
I am often astonished when I hear in the news or read an article that attempts to make Christianity out to be an American religion. Let’s review:
Christianity started in Israel, advanced through Asia Minor, settled in Europe, dispersed to India and North Africa in the second century, expanded into Eastern Europe and Russia in the 4th Century, spread throughout Central America, South America and south East Asia in the second millennium, came to America in the 16th Century, and is currently experiencing one of the greatest revivals in history, in China – all without the benefit of guaranteed religious freedom we currently have in the United States.
So Christianity is not an ethnocentric religion. Peter experienced this principle first at the house of a Roman gentile named Cornelius. God heard Cornelius praying and revealed to Peter the plan for reaching people who were not like him. Peter had to go to Cornelius. Notice, God did not send Cornelius to Peter. Peter was called to Cornelius’ neighborhood to share Jesus with him. In every move of God throughout history, God called someone who knew Him to go to someone who didn’t. This fact is not lost on God Himself. But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir (Gal. 4:4-7).
If God Himself, chose to leave His neighborhood to bring hope to someone else, maybe we should model this principle. You don’t have to go to Central Kenya (where I took this picture) to change neighborhoods, you just have to leave your front door with the courage and hope to share what God has given you – a new life as His child. God has been doing this since the beginning, how about you?