Friday, July 25, 2008

A simple reminder from Acts 10

I just came across a familiar passage, yet one that has great reminders for us. Read the following excerpts from Acts 10 (The Message);

"There was a man named Cornelius who lived in Caesarea, captain of the Italian Guard stationed there. He was a thoroughly good man. He had led everyone in his house to live worshipfully before God, was always helping people in need, and had the habit of prayer." (vv. 1-2)

And later, God speaking to Cornelius; "He said, 'Cornelius, your daily prayers and neighborly acts have brought you to God's attention." (v. 31)

Now Acts 10 represents a pivotal point in the life of the Church...in fact a pivotal point in the history of humankind. It's this chapter that tells of God's salvation being available not just to the Jewish nation, but to all who believe. Cornelius, is not a Jew. So why did God pick Him to be the recipient of this amazing gift? Read those passages above again and you'll see three things that stick out;

1) He lived worshipfully and taught those in his house to do the same
2) He helped people in need
3) He prayed

What's my point? I'm only observing that here was a man who got God's attention...and how did he get God's attention? By doing three simple things; live worshipfully, help those in need, and pray.

In our pursuit of a relationship with God, let us not fall into the trap of over-complicating things. Most of the time, I know the good I ought to do...it's not for a lack of knowledge. For me, I tend to over-complicate things and this was a gentle reminder from God to keep it simple; live worshipfully, help people, and pray. A simple recipe to get God's attention. Funny; it kind of sounds like the two great commandments;

"Love God with heart, mind, soul and strength and love your neighbor as yourself."

Keep pressing on!

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