34 Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality,
35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.
36 The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)—
37 you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed.
38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
39 We are witnesses of all the things He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They also put Him to death by hanging Him on a cross.
40 God raised Him up on the third day and granted that He become visible,
41 not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us who ate and drank with Him after He arose from the dead.
42 And He ordered us to preach to the people, and solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living and the dead.
43 Of Him all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.”
44 While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who were listening to the message.
45 All the circumcised believers who came with Peter were amazed, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
46 For they were hearing them speaking with tongues and exalting God. Then Peter answered,
47 “Surely no one can refuse the water for these to be baptized who have received the Holy Spirit just as we did, can he?”
48 And he ordered them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked him to stay on for a few days.
“God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.”
Wow! What a beautiful way to begin today’s reading.
Despite our differences, we are all precious to God.
Peter could not contain this good news! It was practically exploding out of him. He knew it was for all people to hear. God plays no favorites. He is Lord of all and He treats everyone the same. He readily accepts anyone who trusts in Him and does what is right. It makes no difference who you are or where you come from.
If you are willing to place your faith in Christ, the door is open to you. Everyone can be a follower of Christ, and Christians have been given a special role to play in helping others understand this truth.
• What can you do to help someone believe they can be a follower of Christ?
• What barriers exist that need to be broken down to help you be a better witness?
• Ask God to help you see people the way He sees them, through the lens of love and compassion.