Imagine living a life that honors God so much that it is considered a sweet offering. That was the roman centurion Cornelius. Not only did he fear God, but he and his family poured their lives into the people of their community. Not only was his behavior unique for any culture—it was especially unique for the leader of an occupation army. He stood out among his soldiers, and among the people in his community.
His behavior so honored God and his people, that God gave him a very unique position in history. Cornelius was to become the poster child for God’s implementation of calling the rest of the world to himself. It was to be Cornelius that opened the ministry for the church too cross the globe. When he was approached by God he had no idea—he simply knew his life was going to change forever. Even after the visit he humbly obeyed God, without question or hesitation.
That is to be the attitude of the church as well. We, as a community, should live as an offering; a gift to God. In addition, we need press forward in growing our relationship with him. We all need to live as ambassadors for God in our communities. As we humbly follow and listen he will gladly use us to bless our neighbors and the Church. We simply need to stand ready to go!
God Bless You
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”
4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
7 When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.