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Acts 10

Peter lived in a society that believed religion was only for a certain group of people. Peter himself probably had no idea that Jesus could actually save someone that was not a Jew. As a matter of fact, the idea that God wanted to reach everyone could get him killed by his contemporaries. 

Peter received a vision, and in the vision, he was told to eat animals that were traditionally thought to be unclean and not suitable to eat. When he refused, Peter was told “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

The purpose of this vision was not to change Peter’s diet, but to change the way Peter thought about God. When we believe there is something God can’t do, or someone God can’t reach, it’s because we have a small view of God. There is no such thing as someone out of reach of the gospel. There is no such thing as someone too far gone. Jesus’s sacrifice was for us all. When Peter met Cornelius, he understood what God was trying to tell him, the Gospel is for everyone. Cornelius never would have this message if Peter hadn’t abandoned what religion told him was possible and listened to God’s voice instead.

We can’t let ourselves believe that people of a certain age, race, social status, or economic status do not belong in the church or could never be saved. The Gospel is for everybody. We have to believe that truth and live it out in order for our church to reach 100,000.

Reflect:

  • Examine your views on salvation and church. Do these come from what God has told you or what tradition has told you?
  • Have you struggled with believing that God can save and forgive you? What does it mean that no one is too far gone for God to save?
  • Who is the one person in your life that you want to meet Jesus? Pray for that person now.

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