FRIDAY 11TH JUNE, 2021
THEME: DISTINCTION DESTROYED
PASSAGE: ACTS 10:1-22.
MEMORY VERSE: Acts 10: 15 “And the voice spoke unto him again the second time what God has cleansed, that call not you common.”
HYMN: MHB 734 (126.96.36.199.) – BRETHREN in Christ, and well-beloved.
Distinction is distinguishing or discriminating. It is a thing that differentiates. It could also be a mark of honour. Sometimes as believers, in our services to God and humanity, when God gives us instructions or shows us things that are likely to come, we tend to question God out of what we know. We can do this by discriminating or distinguishing a feature from the other, by proving to God that we are wiser and more knowledgeable. We forget that God is All-knowing and All-wise.
In our today’s text, after Peter had prayed, he was hungry and fell into a trance. There he saw all manner of four-footed beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air, and he was instructed to eat, but he refused to eat them, calling them “unclean things.”
In verse 13, he was ordered by a voice from heaven to eat what God had sent to him without putting any difference between clean and unclean, but Peter stuck to his principles and doctrines because the law makes a distinction between the Jews and the Gentiles. He refused to embrace the God-given grace – the grace that was brought via salvation for both the Jews and Gentiles.
We are in a generation where the emphasis is placed on intellect rather than the voice of God. We forget that He is the only wise God. He knows the end from the beginning. He knows what is best for us in every given situation. The potency of visions, prophecies, dreams, is not valid unless it is in alignment with God’s Word and instructions.
Therefore, as believers, we have to live as one in the body of Christ and we shouldn’t allow discrimination or denomination to tear us apart. God is not only the God of the Jews but also of the Gentiles. All Christians are one in Christ and nothing should be allowed to tear us apart.
PRAYER: Father, open my eyes to see and receive your grace with meekness of heart. Amen.
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