We live in a world that makes a lot of fuss about social status. What you wear, where you live, what you have, where you went to college and mistakes you made in the past may all be standards that determine your acceptance in social circles.
Many people spend their lives trying to keep up with the Jones. Perhaps I should say the Kardashians.
I am so thankful that God does not place those standards on us. He is not impressed with our social, educational, political, financial or relational standards. You do not get more respect with him because you are best friends with Apostle so and so or the tycoon of the largest fortune 500 company. Paul said it very well in Romans 2:11 ‘For God shows no partiality [undue favor or unfairness; with Him one man is not different from another]’
In other letters he said the very same things.
There is [now no distinction] neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is not male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
[In this new creation all distinctions vanish.] There is no room for and there can be neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, [nor difference between nations whether alien] barbarians or Scythians [who are the most savage of all], nor slave or free man; but Christ is all and in all [everything and everywhere, to all men, without distinction of person].
The world will do what it has always done. It will use ladders to divide, suppress and conquer. We are called to operate differently. We must be like Jesus. He welcomed everyone. He loved them regardless of their background. They felt welcomed in his presence. He did not compromise the standards of God. He loved people enough to let them know the truth in love. We are called to show do the same.
Peter came to that awakening when God sent him to evangelise the roman centurion and his household. When he was sharing the gospel with them he was shocked that the Holy Spirit fell on them. Peter went under duress to deliver the message of the gospel to Cornelius and his household. As he did he they begun to worship God in tongues. Revival broke out in that house. The family and everyone who were gathered in that household to hear the wonderful message of the gospel received the Holy Spirit. God answered their faith.
That challenged Peter. He thought he and all the Jews were special in the eyes of God. In those days Jews did not mix with gentiles. To mix with the gentiles would have made them unclean. Rules that were set to ensure they did not adopt the lifestyle of worshipping idols and practising immorality became a religious practice that excluded other nations. Peter witness that Jesus was willing to go anywhere. Jesus routinely ate with the rejects – the poor, sinners, tax payers, lepers, women and many other groups who were outcasts. Yet he did not seek to be as his Master. He feared man and clung to the customs without questioning them.
God had to do something radical to shake him.
34 And Peter opened his mouth and said: Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons,
35 But in every nation he who venerates and has a reverential fear for God, treating Him with worshipful obedience and living uprightly, is acceptable to Him and sure of being received and welcomed [by Him].
We do very well if we remember what Peter ‘God shows no partiality, but in every nation he who worships and fears Him is accepted by Him’. Hallelujah! We can be happy that you may be denied a seat in the front of the church or at the banquet table or entrance to an event. But when you are obedient he will always welcome and receive you. You ought to rejoice just know that He will call you son. He will grant you eternal life, peace and prosperity.
He is the voice of wisdom speaking in Proverbs 18:17 ‘I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me.’
Isn’t that wonderful! Wow!
You can truly be grateful that He will receive you just as you are.
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