For today, please meditate upon how Cornelius viewed God and His words.
Cornelius, a Roman centurion, was an honorable man who along with his household feared God. He was praying and looking for answers. God sent him an angel who told him to send for Peter, and that Peter would tell him “what he must do” and “words by which he and all his household would be saved” (compare Acts 10:6; 11:13-14).
How Cornelius responded to these instructions is indicative of a heart that had: (1) a deep reverence for God, (2) a hunger for God’s words, and (3) a strong desire for others to hear those same words of salvation.
“We are all present before God, to hear all things commanded you by God” (Acts 10:29).
- Cornelius showed a deep reverence for God. He knew in whose presence he stood…a holy and almighty God. God wasn’t distant and aloof, he was present in the room with Cornelius. Even though he was misguided, note that when Peter came in the room, Cornelius fell down and worshiped him. Yes, he needed to be corrected, but do not fail to see the deep reverence for God that Cornelius displayed.
- Cornelius showed a deep hunger for God’s words. He clearly recognized that this God he feared had commands, and as a soldier he wanted to obey and follow every one of those commands of His Master. This was the most important thing on his mind…fearing God and doing whatever God says.
- Cornelius showed a strong desire for others to hear those same words of salvation. “We are all present.” Do not overlook that. Why were they all present? Notice verse 24 says that while Cornelius was waiting for Peter to arrive, he “called together his relatives and close friends.” These saving words of God were not to be kept exclusively to himself. He did not view this as a private matter that should not be discussed. These words of God which had yet to be preached were so important to him that he wanted to make sure those closest to him heard them too!
So, how about you? What can you learn from Cornelius today? How do you view worship services and Bible studies? What attitude do you display to those in your circle about God and His words? Are you keeping His saving words to yourself or do you value them so much that you want everyone around you to hear them?
May God give us the spirit of Cornelius in our hearts today.