“May I ask why you sent for me?” (Peter asked.) Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner who lives by the sea.’ So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come.” (Acts 10:29b-33a)
On Monday, I was excited for my new refrigerator to be delivered. For a year I haven’t been able to use the ice maker and water because of a leak. When the deliverer installed it, he broke a pipe in the wall, and our house flooded. A couple years ago I would’ve been angry and upset. But God has been working hard to change me. I was able to tell the deliverer that everyone makes mistakes, and it was okay. God can’t use me until I learn to be loving in every situation. Only then will people know that I am His.
In the same way God changed Peter. God could have asked Cornelius to go to Peter, but it was important for Peter to show kindness by traveling to Cornelius. Kindness is important to God because our ministries are only believable when we’re loving.
Heavenly Father, I praise you for changing me. Show me where to go so I can bless others with Your love. Help me to be kind and loving in any situation. In Christ’s name I pray, amen.