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Knowing Him

There was a man named Cornelius who deeply feared the Lord. Acts 10:2 says that Cornelius was one who “gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” However, Cornelius had not heard and received the gospel. Despite his honorable reverence towards God, Cornelius was spiritually separated from the Lord. A man named Peter was sent to preach to Cornelius, and He eventually came to know Christ as his savior.

Like Cornelius, before I met Jesus, I was a pretty decent human being. I was very religious, regularly participated in church activities and was highly respected by others. Yet, I did not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Just as He did for Cornelius, however, the Lord continuously pursued me. Following the tragic loss of my first child, the Lord sent a “Peter” to my house. During my friend’s visit, she asked me if I was saved. I didn’t know how to reply to her question. I had been in church all my life, but I had missed the message of salvation.

After my friend shared the gospel with me, I knelt at my bedside and cried out to God and asked Him to come into my heart. I’ll be forever grateful for the “Peter” in my life as she was obedient to follow the Holy Spirit leading her to witness to me. As Christ followers, we must always remember to be Peter to those around us, and we cannot make assumptions for people we perceive to already be saved. Knowing God and knowing of God are two completely different things. Listen to the Lord’s calling to share His message with those around you!

Reflect:

  • Do you have any hidden prejudices that may hinder you from sharing the gospel with any particular group of people? If so, are you willing to confess those prejudices and allow the Holy Spirit to soften your heart to the awakening that “whosoever will, let him come?”

 

  • Do you act when the Holy Spirit prompts you to share the gospel with others? If not, what is holding you back?

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