“He told me, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God! Now send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying in the home of Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.’ So I sent for you at once, and it was good of you to come. Now we are all here, waiting before God to hear the message the Lord has given you.” Acts of the Apostles 10:31-33, NLT
We are waiting. God sent a message to Cornelius saying your prayers have been heard. I have seen your gifts to the poor, your sensitivity and care of the less fortunate. Cornelius a God fearing man with a hunger and thirst for more, more of God. He was instructed to summon Peter from Joppa. Cornelius was very specific in his instructions and directions. He left no room for chance or error. He was very clear to get the right man of God as instructed. Gathering his family and friends, they waited for Peter’s arrival; they waited on a word from the Lord. Peter received confirmation from God and moved without hesitation. The harvest is plentiful . . . Many are seeking to know more, seeking answers from the Lord. Peter brought the good news and the glad tidings to Cornelius, his family and friends. Cornelius didn’t just want more for himself but all who were connected. Peter responded without hesitation, without fear of rejection. He did not withhold or draw back in winning souls to Christ. Just as Peter, God has called us and given the message of hope, a message of reconciliation. Jesus reconciled us back to the Father. We too have a responsibility to share the word, the revelation we gained, the love of the Father. Cornelius and all with him are waiting . . . Will we obey and respond to the cry for a word from the Lord. We must be ready to go, to share and let God be glorified.