He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
~Acts 10:28, NIV
God calls us to change the way we look at people. Not to see them as Jew or Gentile, clean our unclean; not to label them at all.
I normally write Monday’s blog on Saturday morning but I failed this past Saturday so I am sharing a brief thought from Lucado’s book, CAST OF CHARACTERS [Chapter 4] which is about Peter sharing the gospel with Cornelius, his family and friends. Peter was a Jew and Jews in that day had who actually loved the Jews. It is not everyday that you find a Gentile who loves Jews. In a vision, God spoke to Peter and revealed to him a life changing truth: don’t evaluate others from your human point of view [2 Cor. 5:16]. The Jews considered Gentile unclean. The one sin that God convicts me of more than any other is how I view others. Do I have a Christ like attitude toward others? Do I actually love my neighbor as much as I love June’s husband? Jesus had perfect people skills. Of course He had an advantage–He would see the heart. Jesus was confident, He knew who He was and where He was headed. He had no insecurities. You and I are afraid to risk rejection which is probably the number one reason we do not witness. We must overcome our fear and see people the way Jesus sees them, “wandering around aimlessly like sheep without a shepherd.
- Guatemala teams leaves this morning. I will be carrying them to Huntsville International at 4:15 then I am coming back home and going to bed.
- Praise the LORD for the rain.
- Larry Garner is back home.