Daily reading: 26 September
Be open to the people around you.
The voice said to him again, a second time, ‘What God has made clean, you must not call profane.’ This happened three times, and the thing was suddenly taken up to heaven. Now while Peter was greatly puzzled about what to make of the vision that he had seen, suddenly the men sent by Cornelius appeared. They were asking for Simon’s house and were standing by the gate.
- Acts 10, 15-17 New Revised Standard Version. Click here to read the King James Version
The great thing about Peter is that he is both able to be true to his strong personality and to respond afresh to God’s call.
A bit like the way Moses did his best to argue with God that he was not the right person to lead the people of Israel from slavery in Egypt, so Peter and the voice from heaven go back and forth three times in argument.
The voice alone does not convince Peter – he is left 'puzzled'. We are then reminded of how God works through people like you and me, if we let him.
The people sent by Cornelius may have thought they were on a strange mission, but by acting in faith Cornelius and his household have played an essential role in extending the proclamation of good news to all humanity.
You may, like Peter, be confused as to what course of action to take in a particular situation. Be open to the people you will encounter today, as they may well be acting as God’s agents, knowingly or otherwise, in pointing you towards the right answer.
Conversely, you may have a day before you that seems very ordinary and does not contain any activities that appear significant.
Remember that every new day is a gift from God and that you might be the person who makes all the difference for someone else, even by the simplest of actions.
Father, thank you that flowing from your vision to Peter and the faith of Cornelius in responding to you, we have been given the good news of Jesus Christ. Help me today to be good news to those who I meet and to see the unique child of God inside them.
Today's contributor is the Rev James Hutchings, former Mission Resources Adviser for the Anglican Diocese of Exeter, now Team Rector at Littleham-cum-Exmouth.
Published on 26 September 2017