As I pondered the experience of Peter in Acts 10 and his statement in verse 34-35, I wondered how many in the Church down through the centuries have looked at missions with some sort of discrimination in our hearts? Read the conviction that Peter came to:
“Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears Him and does what is right is acceptable to Him.””
Anyone who has a genuine interest in missions knows that most of the missionaries who had the greatest impact were those who heard the call of God to preach the gospel to people they did not know and lived in a very different culture. What was it that propelled them to “GO” with reckless abandonment of their own comforts and familiar surroundings?
Peter labeled what he saw in the “great sheet” of Acts 10:10-12 as “common or unclean.” He was quickly corrected by “the voice [that] came to him again a second time, “What God has made clean, do not call common”” (10:15). There is some ‘correcting’ that needs to be done today. We must see every man, woman and child as created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). God has placed in mankind a value that is not found in any other part of creation. We were made for God’s glory (Ephesians 1:12, 14). With that in mind, it is imperative that we proclaim the gospel so every people group around the world can live for the purpose inherent in their creation.
Once we see people through God’s eyes, His purpose and His love for them, we will stop being partial in our missions. The phrase “does what is right is acceptable to Him” results from hearing the gospel and believing its truth. God is looking for messengers who are not partial.
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