There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. He saw in a vision evidently about the ninth hour of the day an angel of God coming in to him, and saying unto him, Cornelius. And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it, Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. (Acts 10:1-4)
Today’s Morsel: The engrafting of the Gentiles into the family of God is probably one of the most overlooked things in scripture. Many fail to realize the number people that God uses in accomplishing His purpose. Mary probably would have not been seen as the one to whom God would robe Himself in flesh and come to the earth through. David was not even seen by his father and brethren as one who would rule and lead Israel as their king. Paul never would have been considered as the apostle to the Gentiles. And Cornelius, a Roman soldier, would not have been seen as the one who would be the first Gentile to receive the Holy Ghost. But we see unique traits in each of these individuals that God saw that He could use. Mary represents purity; she was a virgin. God doesn’t dwell in unclean temples. David represents a preacher; he was tending his father’s sheep when he was called. Paul displayed tenacity, courage, and strength which was seen in his zeal to eradicate those he thought were enemies of God. And Cornelius possessed the traits of a true Christian; devoutness, fear of God, giving and prayer. You who are reading this were created for a purpose of God. Are you allowing Him to use you for His purpose in and through your life?
Sing: Jesus use me, Lord, don’t refuse me, for surely there’s a work that I can do. Even though it’s humble, Lord help my will to crumble, though the cost be great, I’ll work for you.
Thought For Today: Which traits of character do you possess that God can use?