Full Obedience . . .
Acts 10:1-8 NLT
In Caesarea there lived a Roman army officer named Cornelius, who was a captain of the Italian Regiment. He was a devout, God-fearing man, as was everyone in his household. He gave generously to the poor and prayed regularly to God. One afternoon about three o’clock, he had a vision in which he saw an angel of God coming toward him. “Cornelius!” the angel said. Cornelius stared at him in terror. “What is it, sir?” he asked the angel. And the angel replied, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have been received by God as an offering! Now send some men to Joppa, and summon a man named Simon Peter. He is staying with Simon, a tanner who lives near the seashore.” As soon as the angel was gone, Cornelius called two of his household servants and a devout soldier, one of his personal attendants. He told them what had happened and sent them off to Joppa.
Reflection . . .
Devout, God-fearing, generous and a man of prayer, Cornelius was in tune with God! We don’t know what he was praying exactly, but God responded to his prayers and honoured his generosity by sending him to do a task. And, what did he do? He did it with haste!
He responded in full obedience to God’s request because he believed.
When God speaks to us through His Word or in our communion with Him, what is our first response? If it is something we are sure He is saying to us, do we do it with full obedience and haste, or do we pause and wonder if it’s appropriate? If it’s something we are unsure of, do we ask for clarity and direction, or do we pass it off as fleeting thoughts? The Holy Spirit dwells within us and desires for us to respond to His promptings. Let’s always be ready and willing respond in full obedience even in the smallest things.