Acts 10:28 Give Them A Chance

He said to them: “You are well aware that is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.” Acts 10:28

Society has often divided itself into different segments in which each does not mix with the other. Some common divisions are the extremely wealthy don’t mix with the extreme poor, or the prim and proper don’t mix with the drug-addict criminal.

This is often done to keep up appearances or to keep from being affected by the lower classes of society.

Peter, a Jew, was called to visit with Cornelius, a Gentile. As Peter meets with them he lets them know that it is normally against the Jewish law for them to meet, but that God has told him that no person is unclean to the point of not being able to meet with them at all.

In the same way that the society has different classes that don’t often mix, the church acts in the same way with others, both inside and outside the church.

There are many believers who will not associate with believers of a different denomination, believing the others are sinners being condemned to hell for their beliefs. Along with avoiding other believers, they refuse to go around and visit with non-believers for fear of being contaminated with sin.

Acting in this way does not give people a chance to believe in or even hear the truth about Jesus. It writes them off before they can hear about Jesus.

When Jesus walked on the earth, He met with anyone and everyone, regardless of status or ethnicity. As the church began to grow, the apostles learned to do the same.

Every believer needs to meet with the unbeliever to give him a chance to believe in Jesus.

There are people in your life who are of a different social status or belief than you. Each one needs a chance to hear the gospel message. God will open doors for you to meet with these people, so that you can tell them about what Jesus has done for them.

Do not allow yourself to be like the Jewish people and refuse to meet with them out of fear of being contaminated. Go in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit and bring the gospel message of salvation to them. Without it, they are dying.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will give you boldness to be His witness; that you will tell everyone you meet about Jesus; that you will give every person a chance to accept or reject Jesus; and that God’s kingdom will be built up through you.

Acts 9:22 Even The Worst Can Be Changed

Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. Acts 9:22

With the high level of media in the lives of people, many doubt what they see or read. Things in the media can be manipulated to say anything a person wants it to say to go along with his agenda or desired results.

As this occurs, it creates a world of doubt as to what is happening or can actually happen. People begin to doubt everything, because everything can be manipulated.

As Saul was heading to Damascus to kill or put believers in prison, Jesus got a hold of his attention and changed him. Afterwards Saul worked hard at proving that Jesus is the Messiah, baffling all of the Jews around him.

It is often very difficult for people to look at some person and believe that it is possible for him to change for the better. The person lives in such a way that there does not appear to be any hope for him at all.

This is a person that lives to sin, hate God, hate Christians and live for himself only. Sometimes, even the world does not like this type of person. Believers will often write this person off as hopeless and many won’t even attempt to witness to him about the love of Jesus.

The truth is that every person is just as bad as he is in the eyes of God when it comes to sin. Every person is a sinner, needing forgiveness and salvation.

God is willing to forgive anyone and everyone of all sins when the person repents.

If Saul, who was directly fighting against Jesus, can be saved, anyone can be saved. No believer should write off any person as hopeless.

At one point in your life you were a sinner needing to be forgiven and saved. You rejected Jesus, either openly or without knowing, but still needed Him. You were no different than the most vile sinner ever.

Someone took the time to be a witness to you and you chose to believe in Jesus and be saved. If there was hope for you, there is also hope for others.

Do not give up on any person because they are so harsh against God or Jesus. God is willing and can save any person on this earth. Give everyone a chance to believe in Jesus.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a witness for Jesus to everyone you meet; that you will seek to show your enemies who Jesus is; that you will give every person a chance to believe in Jesus; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.

Acts 28:24 Give Them A Chance To Believe

Some were convinced by what he said, but others would not believe. Acts 28:24

All types of truths and false lies are being spoken all the time, all around the world. As these are being spoken, often one side is chosen and presented in a way that it is the only truth and the only way it can be looked at.

In some places, it can actually be demanded that a person believe it or there will be consequences. There is no choice allowed in whether to believe it or not. The authorities get very upset when some do not believe.

As Paul was held as a prisoner in Rome, he kept preaching and teaching God’s word, trying to convince people about Jesus. Some would believe, while others would not believe.

When Jesus got ready to leave their earth, He gave the final command to be a witness in all the world. Every believer is to go out and tell others about Him and what He had done for them.

One common problem that many believers have is that they often will refuse to talk to some people about Jesus. They feel that those people just will not accept Jesus, because of who they are or what they believe. They are not given the opportunity to believe at all. The choice is made by the believer, not the individual himself.

God is in the business of touching hearts through His word. However, the people need to hear what that word is, and that is only done by believers going out and telling them His word.

When a believer tells everybody and anybody, it gives each one the opportunity to believe or reject. The more people told, the more people who will believe, while more people may also reject, but each can make their own choice.

You have the same commission to be a witness as Paul and all the disciples did. You are to go out and tell everyone you can about Jesus.

Do not allow yourself to ignore or not tell someone because you believe that he may not believe. Tell everyone, trusting that God will touch their hearts and draw them to Him. Allow them to make their own choices.

As you do this, you will see that many will believe, while some will not believe. That is not your choice, but theirs. Give them a chance to believe.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be His witness to all around you; that you will see God draw many to Him; that God will change the hearts of many people; and that God will give you the words to speak.