May 8, 2022
Acts 10:25-27 As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!” So, they talked together and went inside, where many others were assembled.
In Acts 10, God informed Peter that He had rendered some peoples clean whom Peter still thought of as unclean or impure, and this included the Gentiles. Peter is then sent by God to a Gentile home, the home of a Roman centurion or soldier, no less, to preach the Good News of Jesus Christ. Because he has learned from God that the Gentiles were not unclean, Peter goes without hesitating.
Cornelius started to worship Peter, but Peter quickly stops him, reminding Cornelius that Peter was a human being, just like Cornelius. Peter then preached a message so thoroughly that the Holy Spirit came upon the Gentiles, just as it had the Jews at Pentecost. All who believed in Cornelius’ household were baptized in the name of Jesus.
There are lessons for us today. First, we are all human, and we must never objectify another person, which leads to mistreatment or indifference to someone’s mistreatment. Second, God is not prejudiced, and the people of God cannot be prejudiced or partial against people because of perceived differences. Third, we all have the potential to receive the goodness and mercy of God, to believe in His Son, Jesus Christ, and to receive eternal life.
Fourth, Christians must not worship each other, or other human beings as if they are deities or gods, for we are all made in the image of God. In Genesis 1:26, it states, “Then God said, ‘Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us.’”
It’s important that we remember to look for the humanity in all people, regardless of the color of their skin, their immigrant status, the texture of their hair, their worship style, or their decision not to worship at all. Let us treat everyone as we would want to be treated, for we are all the same in the eyes of our Creator.
Happy Mother’s Day! Praise God! Amen!