Have you ever been afraid of someone or someplace so much that you could not see that person or go to that place? What if there were rules stating that you could not see that person or go to that place without being punished or publicly shamed? In Biblical days, Jews and gentiles did not mingle because it was not appropriate. Each looked at the other with an unfavorable gaze to say the least, but when God calls you to do something, your perspective may need to change.
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I encourage you to read Acts 10:9-48 along with this devotional
Peter and Cornelius
“Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean. Therefore I came without objection as soon as I was sent for. I ask, then, for what reason have you sent for me?””
Just as God called peter to speak to Cornelius and those that lived in his home, He is calling us to share our faith with everyone, even the people we might not want to speak to or see. Even if it makes others look down on us or treat us differently. After all, our allegiance is to God, not man, right? You may agree with that statement but are you living the way you speak? As they say, Do you walk the walk or just talk the talk? God loves every human being on the earth because He created them all. In the same way, we are called to love each other and show that love to everyone, not just the ones that a pretty, sweet, funny, and a joy to be with. Many times, the people who really need Jesus, are the ones who keep pushing you away.
How do we get past those of social barriers or that queasy uncomfortable feeling when we speak to someone we don’t want to? Firstly, remember that God loved you before you became a Christian and He continues to love you every time you sin. No questions asked. Doesn’t everyone deserve the same Salvation? Of course we should consider our safety and not go marching into the lion's den seeking to do miracles, but if God calls us into the lion’s den, well then that means we need to go.
God has a plan for everything He calls us to do. He knows in advance what our response will be and He knows the outcome before we even start the race. Before we set out to run, we need to walk in faith and trust that He is taking care of every situation. When He calls, we should be ready to go, no matter where, no matter when, no matter who He sends us to.
I pray you will be ready for the ministry God gives you when the time comes. Let your light shine, little sparrows, bright enough for everyone to see.