Unstoppable! 'God's Grace Is for Everyone!' — Acts 10:34-35

Friday, June 9, 2023

[When Cornelius told Peter about his vision instructing him to send for Peter,] Peter replied, "I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right."

— Acts 10:34-35 NLT

Key Thought

In his Great Commission, Jesus sent us to reach the world with the message of his grace (Matthew 28:18-20). Luke structured his story of the early church around the theme of bearing witness to "to the ends of the earth" (Acts 1:8). Peter's fresh understanding of this call to "go and make disciples of all the nations" now pours forth a statement that speaks of a turning point of eternal significance for all humankind. The marker among people isn't race, gender, political affiliation, or socio-economic rank; it is whether or not a person knows and believes in Jesus and does his will. All other differences pale in comparison and become prejudicial ways of separating people into self-serving groups. Peter said, "I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism." This is our Father's world-changing truth! Surely, it must also be our way of life (Matthew 5:48, 12:50).

Today's Prayer

Precious Father, may your children live the yearning of your heart for all people to know your grace offered to them in Jesus, in whose name, I pray. Amen.

Related Scripture Readings

  • Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:1-11
  • Galatians 3:26-4:7

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Illustration of Acts 10:34-35 NLT — [When Cornelius told Peter about his vision instructing him to send for Peter,] Peter replied, "I see very clearly that God shows no favoritism. In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right."

About This Devotional

Unstoppable! is a one-year devotional guide through the book of Acts. Each devotional consists of a scripture passage, a reflection and a prayer. The reflection opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges one to live for Jesus.

Unstoppable! is written by Phil Ware.

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