Summary: We are fortunate that the Holy Spirit has been poured out on us. There are many people that want to know more about God, but don’t know where to begin.
We are fortunate that the Holy Spirit has been poured out on us. There are many people that want to know more about God, but don’t know where to begin.
The Holy Spirit should be impacting our lives so dramatically that those who know us will want what we have. Regretfully, that may or may not be the case.
Nevertheless, the Lord will miraculously send people our way that truly want more from God. We must be ready (at all times) to share with them what the Lord has done for us. There is a story in Acts that depicts this for us.
Verses 1 thru 6
Cornelius was a Roman Centurion who sensed an awareness of God, but knew there had to be more to this Christianity thing. There are a lot of folks you know who are like this. They are asking themselves, and God, “What does being a Christian mean for me?”
(What, how, why, where and when)
I believe the Lord wants them to answer them. Amen?
Occasionally, these people will be determined enough to find out for themselves. Or better yet, find out from
The people they know who they consider to be godly.
Who knows? Perhaps these people will be fortunate enough to receive a vision about you.
Maybe they will be shown the spirit filled life that you are living. Maybe they will ask you to come to their home and speak to them the Word of the Lord.
In our story, Cornelius sends for Peter.
While all of this is going on in Cornelius’ life, the Holy Spirit is doing something in Peter’s life. The Lord will often do things almost like a jig-saw puzzle.
The timing in your life will often be synchronized with the timing in someone else’s life for you to have the opportunity for ministry.
This is not unusual. You see while you think God needs to be doing something in the lives of the people you are concerned for, in fact the Lord may be waiting for the opportunity to finish what it is He is trying to do in your life. Now that shouldn’t be too hard for us to believe or understand.
It always amazes me how super spiritual Christians can sometimes appear when crying out for someone’s life to be miraculously changed. And the whole time
God is on stand by for change in our lives.
In our story, the Holy Spirit was impacting two lives:
1. The life of one of the most spiritually minded leaders in all of Christianity.
2. The life of a potential new convert.
Before Peter would be able to minister in the home of Cornelius, he would first have to experience a supernatural change (himself).
Isn’t the Holy Spirit marvelous?
Isn’t the Holy Spirit patient on us?
Question: What is it the Holy Spirit needs to change about you before you are able to minister the gospel of Christ to your friends and relatives?
Verses 19 & 20
I have to believe that we will often know when it is that the Holy Spirit wants to use us in ministry. There will be two basic things the Lord will deal with us on:
1. He will prompt us to know the who, what, where, when and how this all is to happen.
2. We must be careful not to get too spiritually geeked-up on ourselves that we are not able to hear the prompting and prodding of the Holy Spirit.