Scripture--Acts 10-Acts 12
Observation--I loved the story of God changing Peter's mind! How cool is that! Cornelius was a pious, "God-worshipping" man. The only problem was that he wasn't born to the right parents. He wasn't circumcised. But that didn't matter to God. It mattered to Peter and the Christians, but it didn't matter to God.
Application--I am hard-headed. Ask Wallace. Or my Dad. Wait, don't ask them--they are harder headed than I am. I have opinions. Lots of them. Just ask me, and I'll tell you! (Probably!) And I know I'm right. Now, I listen to other ideas. And I will change my mind! And I'm sensitive, but how hard would it have to be to change your mind so much! To take something that you'd be taught was evil and wrong and unholy your WHOLE life and suddenly realize that God didn't think it to be evil or wrong or unholy? What would that first bite of bacon taste like? Or that first cheeseburger? Or the first shrimp? All those things were unholy--unclean, and now God had revealed that they were clean!
Remember, a few days ago, we talked about the verse that said that said that the Holy Spirit would reveal things the disciples weren't ready for? This is one of those things. Have there been others throughout Christianity? Will there be more? But how do we tell the difference? Between God's vision and clarity and truth and what we want God to say? When do we know its God and not a crazy person? I think our reading tells us! What did Peter do? He made sure others witnessed the miracle--saw how the people in the room with Cornelius were changed by the Spirit. Then he took it back to the church and got their feedback. Convinced them. We can't make these decisions alone--the Spirit made lead us, but we all need to use the Spirit in us to discern how the Spirit is moving and what it is saying.
Are you ready to change your mind? Or maybe better, are you open to the Spirit changing your mind?
Prayer--Spirit of Truth--Open our hearts to your change. May we hear your call and follow, no matter how scary or foreign! All our love! Amen