Cornelius (Acts 10:1 - 8)
Today’s devotion is about a Roman Centurion by the name of Cornelius. Luke describes Cornelius as a man who feared God. He also led his household to worship God. Cornelius was also a charitable man who gave generously to poor. Some might say surely this man deserves to be in heaven! But the truth is this, despite his good works, he was not saved yet until he hears and accepts the Gospel.
Maybe some of us know someone who is not a Christian but is generous and considered a good person according to society. There are many people who are charitable that we read in the news who has donated to people in need and this is what we are reading in these verses with Cornelius. The world has a works based mentality and sometimes some may assume that by their good works, God would accept them. This is where we need to turn to Scripture and Scripture tells us that one cannot be saved by their works but by placing their faith in Jesus Christ. Do we know someone like Cornelius who needs to hear the Gospel despite being considered ‘good’?
The good news is that we have a God who does not wish anyone to perish but a God who seeks the lost. God was at work at Cornelius heart and sent an angel to call him by name which then led Cornelius to his path of salvation. This is the promise of good news that if someone seeks the Lord with all their heart, the lord will be found by him. What we draw from this passage is that all of us have an important part to play in God’s plan. In the latter verses of this chapter, we read that it is Peter who shared the Gospel to Cornelius. We are all witnesses for Christ and we are all commanded to share the Gospel to the ends of the earth. God’s heart is for the lost and our heart should beat to the same tune. Our heart should ache for the lost who needs the Gospel desperately. Who has God placed in your path recently? Who can you reach out to in your circle?
Lord, I thank you for the story of Cornelius which has reminded me of your commandment to share the Gospel to people who are lost. Holy Spirit, guide us and tutor our hearts to reach out to the lost. Give us divine opportunities to share the Gospel and plant seeds in people’s live so that one day, we will hear stories of the salvation. Amen.