*This devotion was taken from the devotions Pastor Frankie wrote on Jesus' life and mailed to the children of EVNaz. These devotional books can be found at www.evnaz.org/kidsmatterministries.
Read in your Bible Acts 10.
Cornelius was not a Jew, but he loved and served God faithfully. God sent an angel to Cornelius and the angel told him to go and find a man named Peter who lived in a town called Joppa. At the same time, God told Peter that he should go with the men who had come to fetch him and take him to visit Cornelius.
This was unusual because, at that time, it was against the rules of the Jews for them to visit with Gentiles (Acts 10:28). People who were not Jews were called Gentiles. Jews believed that they were the only people who could be a part of God’s family, because God told them that they were His chosen ones.
When Peter went and visited Cornelius, Peter realized that God accepted people of all nations who feared Him and did what was right. God gave the gift of His Holy Spirit to Cornelius and his family that day. Peter also baptized them, which showed others that they were followers of Jesus Christ and part of God’s family. Peter accepted Cornelius because God asked him to. God also asks us to accept others as He accepts us. Romans 15:7 says “Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you, in order to bring praise to God.”
Dear God, please show me if I have not been sharing Your love with others. In Jesus name, Amen.
1. How was Cornelius different from Peter?
2. Why did Peter go and visit Cornelius?
3. What did Peter tell Cornelius?
4. Who can be accepted into God’s family?
5. How should we treat people who are different from us?