Daily Devotion, 04/06/2019, “A Good Man”
Acts 10:1-8 NIV
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.
Corneliaus was, by all accounts, a good and God-seeking man who gave at a high level to help those in need. He wasn’t Jewish so his belief system likely reflected that of the mythology and philosophy of the Greek culture he was raised in. I mention this because it seems that the longer we’ve been church going Christ-followers, the less we tend to see the goodness in others who do not believe as we do. Yes, everyone needs Jesus and yes, the Bible is THE Word of God but I’ve found that there are genuinely good, generous and God-seeking people in every people group I’ve encountered. We will be most effective at reaching those who are far from God if we understand and respect where they are coming from.
Cornelius had a hunger for God that eventually led him to Jesus. We must remember that no matter how good a person is, they still need Jesus. Jesus is the only One who can save and satisfy their souls. No amount of goodness, prayer and generosity can do that, only Jesus. You are loved!