and cornelius said, “four days ago, about this hour, i was praying in my house at the ninth hour, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing and said, ‘cornelius, your prayer has been heard and your alms have been remembered before God. send therefore to joppa and ask for simon who is called peter. he is lodging in the house of simon, a tanner, by the sea.’ so i sent for you at once, and you have been kind enough to come. now therefore we are all here in the presence of God to hear all that you have been commanded by the Lord.” [acts 10:30-33]


peter has been used by God in many facets thus far in the book of acts. he has performed healings, through the power of God, laid hands on samaritans to receive the Holy Spirit, and encouraged entire regions of people. and now, he plays a central role in delivering the gospel to gentiles, potentially leading to your and my salvation!

i’m struck with God’s kindness towards us. he could have just saved us from sin and death, and that would have been more than we ever deserved. yet he is so kind, so generous, so loving… that he elects to enter into relationship with us and use believers for his purposes. oh what a blessing to be used by God and see his power and his move first hand! it allows us to be reminded all the more of the God who we serve, and who loves us.
peter did not deserve to be used by God, and i certainly don’t either.
john 1:16 “for from his fullness we have all received grace upon grace.”
today, may we call to remembrance the many, many ways in which we have been shown grace. through the power of the Holy Spirit may we extend this grace to others. and may we submit to a gracious king, who desires to use us for his glory.
~ john sandman