Do you know anyone by the name of Cornelius? I have known of some by that name,(primarily authors form Seminary readings), but none that I personally know. I do not believe it is a real common name now. It is always interesting to hear parents talk about the names that they have given their children. Many thought the names were unique, but after a few years it becomes obvious that a lot of parents were thinking the same thing at the same time. These days, however I am seeing many names with unique spellings that probably will remain unique.
Getting back to Cornelius. Maybe you do not know a Cornelius by that name, but I am sure that you have some “Corneliuses” in your path at some point along the week. If you do not, you must lead a very sheltered life. As I think about it, Cornelius was not along Peter’s path. God intervened in the life of both Peter and Cornelius to bring them together. Peter and Cornelius normally would not associate because one being a Jew, and the other a Gentile (an Italian one for that matter). But God was expanding man’s minds, and His Kingdom at the same time. We read in Acts 10-11 of Peter’s vision and His interaction with Cornelius and those gathered there in Caesarea. God so desired for all people to come to know His Son.
So are you ready? Ready for a Cornelius? Who is going to cross your path or who are you going to pass by today? What individual or group would you normally shy away from and avoid contact? That may be the very person God is desiring for you to reach out to. Remember what God showed Peter. He showed it to us as well. What we read in God’s Word not only applied to Peter, but to us as well.
What is on your radar today? What is your priority? Listen to these words you may have heard before:
Your one business in life is to lead men to believe in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. Every other thing should be made subservient to this one objective.-
Think about today. What are you planning? Does any of it involve the above statement? Do you believe the above statement, or do you have problems with it?
I pray that you will ponder it. I pray that you will be in the Word today.
If you are not, you will become feeble and frail and incapacitated in the things of God.
The Word is the sword of the Spirit. The Word of God is our food, and God desires it to be the food of others as well.
As I mentioned yesterday, if we know Christ as Savior and Lord, we know enough to share Him with others. With man, coming to Christ and finding salvation is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Matthew 19:25-26 (NASB95)
25 When the disciples heard this, they were very astonished and said, “Then who can be saved?”
26 And looking at them Jesus said to them, “With people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Go with God today. See where Cornelius is at and let God speak through you Words of life. See what God can do. Remember, He can do above and beyond anything you can ask or even imagine. Imagine that!
On Cornelius alert,