Posted by: celticanglican | June 18, 2007

Making Disciples

Making Disciples

“Then Peter began to speak to them: ‘I truly understand that God shows no partiality, but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ–he is Lord of all. That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him.'” (Acts 10:34 )

The Twelve Days of Christmas are now past, and the decorations have been put away for another year. However, the miracle that is celebrated at Christmastime is with us always. Now, what are we doing with the Good News?

When this Scripture was read in church earlier this morning, God gave me a new understanding of this passage. It’s a situation that exists in many of our churches that we’re unaware of or would rather didn’t exist. Many of us are reluctant to preach the Gospel to people that are too different from us.

The early Church encountered this situation, too. Some Jewish converts felt that the Gentiles weren’t as righteous as they were, and weren’t ready to accept them. This happens in our time, as well. Many Christians are hesitant to preach the Gospel to those who are coming from a different background. It seems easier to approach those who have a similar background or are very much like us.

However, the example of the Apostles in the book of Acts shows us a different way. The Gospel is not just for those of the same race, ethnic background, economic status or nationality as us. The Good News is for all who are willing to accept Christ into their lives and hearts. Will we see those around us as strangers to be avoided? Or others that are in need of Jesus’ redemption, as we are?

Let us be willing to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19)!

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