Day 288 –
No matter our differences, we are all God’s children, created in His likeness.
Acts 11:1-3 “Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party criticized him, saying, “You went to uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
Peter, a disciple of Jesus, an apostle to the world, born a Jew, follower of the law of Moses and believer of the Jews being God’s chosen people. But Peter; he missed the Big picture….the truth that the Jews were chosen, chosen to save the WHOLE world.
So God sent Peter a vision of a blanket. This blanket was filled with all kinds of food: clean and unclean, all different, and all being those unable to eat according to the law.
Acts 11:8-9 “But I said, ‘By no means, Lord; for nothing common or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ But the voice answered a second time from heaven, ‘What God has made clean, do not call common.’”
After this vision, three men came to visit Peter, all Gentiles, and they asked Peter to come with them and explain how to be saved. Peter went, Peter ate, and Peter told these people, who were all kinds of different from him, how to be saved. In an instant, these 3 different men found out they too were children of God, and the Holy Spirit fell on them and they were baptized.
Acts 11:17-18 “If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?” When they heard these things they fell silent. And they glorified God, saying, “Then to the Gentiles also God has granted repentance that leads to life.”
We were all created different, even my twins are opposite in all fashions, but we are all children of God, created in His likeness with a specific purpose in mind.
Who are we to say some deserve better than others, some deserve what they get, some aren’t worthy? God counts us all as His children, how are we to look at anyone as different than us as less than us?
We need to live in a way where we realize we are all different and yet all the same.
Let’s not be divided into different areas, but be united by creation, salvation, and the family of Christ.
Next time you feel the urge to point out the differences of those around you, put on the lens of Christ’s love, with the knowledge of His truth, and be united by the one who has saved you and Called you His child.