On the morrow, as they went on their journey, and drew nigh unto the city, Peter went up upon the housetop to pray about the sixth hour: And he became very hungry, and would have eaten: but while they made ready, he fell into a trance, And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to the earth: Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common.... Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons: But in every nation he that feareth him, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.
Today's Morsel: One of the things that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said in his "I Have A Dream" speech in 1963, was that he looked forward to the day when man would be judged not by the color of his skin, but the content of his character. Most people that I know don't care about other peoples' skin color. They are just concerned with their moral fiber. If the church is going to be what Jesus desires of it to be, then we all must move beyond skin color and allow God's Spirit to lead and direct us, as He is no respecter of persons. If we were to use the word of God as our gauge to measure others by, we would probably see our own shortcomings before we see those of others and then we could make the corrections needed to be like Christ. And we will be able to say to ourselves, free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, I am free at last.
Sing: To be like Jesus! To be like Jesus! On earth I long to be like Him. All through life's journey, from earth to glory, I only ask to be like Him.
Thought for Today: What yardstick do you use to measure and judge others by?