At that very moment three men, sent to me from Caesarea, arrived at the house where we were. The Spirit told me to go with them and not to make a distinction between them and us. These six brothers also accompanied me, and we entered the man’s house. Acts 11:11-12
The Book of Acts is all about going and doing, hearing the call and making it happen. Peter hears the direction of the Holy Spirit and obeys, even though the ones who ask for help are foreign and pagan. God is showing him a new place for ministry and new people with whom to share the Good News.
It’s not always easy to interact with those who are different. We are sometimes uncomfortable – and they likely are as well! We need to see them as Jesus does and treat them as brothers and sisters, realizing that we are there to share His love and not to change them; they must do that for themselves.
Jesus calls us to turn our lives around and follow Him, but it is an invitation we must accept willingly. No one is forced into the kingdom, all must choose to receive the grace God offers. Our task is to ensure everyone has the opportunity to hear about Jesus and the salvation He brings us.
Gracious God, help us to see everyone as part of Your family, even though we may look and act differently. Show us how we can share Your love, and invite people to know You better. Amen.