At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God. About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.” And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?” And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.” …”And they said, “Cornelius, a centurion, an upright and God-fearing man, who is well spoken of by the whole Jewish nation, was directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and to hear what you have to say.” —Acts 10:1-6, 22

            How many around us may be like Cornelius and those of his household— ready to hear the gospel? Who is it that God is putting on your heart to share the gospel with? Will you obey? Will you go to them? Remember, this is kingdom of Light and a kingdom of darkness issue; turning people to the power of God from the power of Satan; seeing them saved from their sin and saved to a relationship with God through Jesus (Acts 26:16-18). So will you go to them?

            Cornelius was a “devout man who feared God with all his household” and yet he was not in a saving relationship through Jesus. He needed to hear the gospel along with his whole household. Our Lord would move Peter to go share the message. Will you and I ask God to show us those who are ready to hear and go to them? (Romans 10:13-15).

O Lord, who is around me that will hear the message, that is ready to hear the message. Dear Father we are told through Your Word that nobody can come to Jesus unless You draw them. Please Father show me who You are drawing, those ready to come to Jesus. Show me and then may I be obedient to share Your Word with them. May this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus. So may it be!

Let’s be obedient disciples. That is our Lord’s desire for us—

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