23 Then Peter invited the men into the house to be his guests.
The next day Peter started out with them, and some of the believers from Joppa went along. 24 The following day he arrived in Caesarea. Cornelius was expecting them and had called together his relatives and close friends. 25 As Peter entered the house, Cornelius met him and fell at his feet in reverence. 26 But Peter made him get up. “Stand up,” he said, “I am only a man myself.”
27 While talking with him, Peter went inside and found a large gathering of people. 28 He said to them: “You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean. 29 So when I was sent for, I came without raising any objection. May I ask why you sent for me?”
30 Cornelius answered: “Three days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the afternoon. Suddenly a man in shining clothes stood before me 31 and said, ‘Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor. 32 Send to Joppa for Simon who is called Peter. He is a guest in the home of Simon the tanner, who lives by the sea.’ 33 So I sent for you immediately, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here in the presence of God to listen to everything the Lord has commanded you to tell us.”
Big View: Person of Peace
Small View: Perception – Power
Mt. Diablo High School – Concord CA
Observation: Peter recognized that God was at work in his heart and someone outside his comfort zone was seeking and desiring him to be present in his life. So he went.
Action: How often, during my daily life, is Jesus at work in the lives of those around me? How often do I hear or see an invitation into a life outside my comfort zone? This day, I am going to look for a person that the Lord has placed in my path – outside my comfort zone. I will respond to this seeking heart in confidence knowing that the Lord is already up to something. I just might be the answer to an unanswered prayer.