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Just a Creeping Thing

May 19, 2011

Introductions are a big deal.  We might not think much of it, but it’s true…every time that you introduce someone you are making some sort of a declaration about that person.  Let’s say that Lauri and I are in a store (let’s say Target…we end up there a lot), and we see someone that I know, but Lauri has never met.  If I introduce her by saying, “This is my wife, Lauri”…things are going to be okay.  But if I say something like, “This is the girl I married”…no name, no emotion…things are going to go bad for me…in a hurry.  The introduction is important.

Take a few moments and read through Acts 10:1-35…I know it’s long…give it a shot.

Cornelius gets a good introduction.  Seriously…all I have to hear is the first two verses and I already like him…this is the kind of guy that I want my daughter to bring home one day.  This is a guy that is respected, a guy that can be trusted, a guy who fears God (worships), a guy who gives generously of what he has been given, and a guy that is continually in prayer.  Ladies, take note…this is the type of guy you need to look for.  Guys…we need to step up.

As we continue reading, Peter takes a nap.  There is a blanket full of all kinds of animals, and reptiles, and birds of the air, and God tells Peter to kill and eat.  Peter’s confused, and I love the next part because verse 17 says, “Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean…”  Do you see what that is saying…it’s saying that he didn’t get it…he didn’t understand.  This was the audible voice of God speaking and Peter still did not get it.  Now before you pass too much judgment, remember, this is a man that God used to heal people, and even bring people back to life…and God is teaching him.

All Peter really understands at this point is that God is doing something, and he is willing to follow…even without all the details.  So, verse 23 says, “He invited them in to be his guests,” and then later…he goes with them to Cornelius.  So, while he might be perplexed, he is beginning to live out that vision, a vision that had much less to do with supper than it had to do with people.  When Peter arrives at the home of Cornelius, he sees that they have gathered to hear the Gospel, and he seems to finally get it.  He says, “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.  No partiality, no favoritism…this is what the vision was about.  God was teaching him what Paul would later write in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  Simply put…we’re all sinners…Jews, gentiles, all of us.  God’s favor is available to all.

What we must understand, is that salvation isn’t just for the clean, or those who deserve it…there isn’t anyone who deserves salvation.  Salvation belongs to what the King James calls the “creeping things”…and that’s what we are…and that’s what Peter began to understand.  You see, introductions are important.  And when God introduces His children, He doesn’t say, “This is my creeping thing”…He says, “This is my child, Peter, or Cornelius, or Sara.”  That’s why we have joy…because Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith.  And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.”  Thank God for saving a creeping thing like me.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Adam Bruyere permalink
    May 19, 2011 8:58 pm

    Tracking on that theme of introductions…

    Since we know that there is no other name by which men must be saved (Acts 4:12), the introduction of Cornelius (a God-fearing man, v. 2) to the Lord of the universe (vv. 34-43) really jumps out at me.

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