Thought For The Week 19 May 2019
Welcome to our services of worship today, I’m so glad you have taken the time to spend in worship and contemplation of the scriptures. Our scripture lesson this week tells the story from Acts 11 of Peter being led to a Roman Centurion’s house to share the good news of Jesus with this gentile who is described as a God fearing and generous man. To Peter’s surprise, the Holy Spirit is poured out on the centurion and all the others who were listening to his message. It is a turning point in the story as it reveals the truth that “God does not show favouritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right” (v 10:34).
This is such an important truth in our day and age and one the church is continually needing to re-learn. We can be a bit quick to pull the trigger of judgement against those who are not like us and in a globalised world, that’s a recipe for trouble. I notice in the story that the Roman was already a religious man. He already had faith. But God offered him more. God organised and encounter with Jesus (through Peter) which led to him being filled with the Holy Spirit (the very presence of God). This all hinged on Peter’s willingness to go. The gospel is an incarnated message- that is, it is carried by you and me. May we, like Peter, be willing to share what we know with those God brings across our paths, even if they are very different to us.