THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11
“…we soon entered the home of the man who had sent for us. He told us how an angel had appeared to him in his home and had told him, ‘Send messengers to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He will tell you how you and everyone in your household can be saved!’”
Acts 11:12B-14 (NLT)
LIVING SENT: BE CONFIDENT GOD IS ALREADY WORKING
God is a worker! Perhaps you’ve never thought of Him that way. But that’s how He first appears in Scripture. In the creation account (Gen. 1-2) He wears no end of occupational hats: strategic planner, designer, civil engineer, real estate developer, project manager, artist, and many more. Using these skills, He created something that was “very good” (1:31). How good? As good as God! No wonder the creation is said to “glorify,” or praise God. His work is worth honoring, and it honors Him. (See Is. 43:7; 60:21.) Furthermore, God continues to work (John 5:17), maintaining the creation and providing for His creatures. He also carries out the work of salvation. And He uses people to help Him accomplish these tasks. (The Word in Life Study Bible).
When Peter arrived in the house of Cornelius, God had already been working on Cornelius’ heart and family. God had already been drawing Cornelius to Himself and Cornelius already had a heart that was open to the ministry of Peter. In John 6:44 Jesus said, “For no one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them to me.” This was true in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. Peter was simply joining God where He was already working.
In Matthew 9:37-38 Jesus said, “The harvest is great, but the workers are few. So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send more workers into his fields.” What did Jesus mean when He said the “harvest is great?” Who are the people in your life who God may already be working on? Are you willing to join God in His work?
Pray God would show you the people who are ready to be harvested in your life. Ask God to use you as one of His workers.