15 04 2012

Cornelius Medal

If we could simply tie a string around our finger, maybe we can remember to keep reminding ourselves that we are “Accepted” and loved by God.  Acceptance is the key to our lives. Acceptance is the root cause of human behaviors.

Let’s leave out the judgments’ [good/bad] for a moment and consider that what each of us ‘do’ in an average day is the sum total of our acceptances; i.e. ‘not running with scissor pointing out,’ is an acceptance that we could hurt ourselves or others.

Faith begins with acceptance. In studying the Book of Acts, chapter 10; there is a Roman centurion named Cornelius who accepted God: Acts 10:1 “…there was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian Band.” Acts 10:2 “A devout man who venerated God (reverenced, esteemed God) and treated Him with reverential obedience, as did all his household; and he gave much alms generously to the people and prayed continually to God.”

Here we see that Faith begins with acceptance. Cornelius ‘accepted’ God as Almighty God in his life and for his family also. Acceptance moves us to reverence, then obedience, and then an outpouring act which reflects that faith.

Later in this chapter of Acts, we see that God has noted this one man’s faith and sends an Angel to tell him so. Notice that it wasn’t regarding Cornelius’ gender, ethnicity, job, wealth or social standing; however, when Cornelius ‘accepted’ God as his God… then God ‘accepted’ him and all that was a part of his life.

Finally, the Apostle Peter himself had some ‘accepting’ to do in obedience to God and proclaims in Acts 10:34-35: “…in truth I perceive that God shows no partiality, but in every nation whoever fears Him and works righteousness is accepted by Him.”

These are days of societal knit-picking; divisiveness; and finger-pointing, along with all kinds of –‘isms’. Let’s allow ‘acceptance’ to water our garden of Faith to delight our Lord and Savior.

Let’s Pray: “Heavenly Father, I pray we keep our eyes firmly fixed on You and how we might accept Your word into our hearts; as we accept one another in Kingdom-love.” Amen.

Please take a fresh look at the Book of Acts; which overflows with examples that ‘acceptance’ is our first step of faith in God. If you’re interested in the famous family of Cornelius in history; see the notes below and be sure to visit the footnoted website.  Be Blessed!

Here’s a previewCornelius the Centurion: The word centurion implies a Roman Officer, or captain in charge of a century, which in ancient Rome meant 100 soldiers under his command.

Cornelius comes from a large, well-known family line within the framers of what became the Roman Empire, and is considered historically the first gentile and high-ranking Roman officer ever converted to Christianity. He is often referred to traditionally as the first Bishop of Caesarea, or First Bishop under Caesar’s rule. His life is traditionally celebrated every fourth day of February. One of his known descendants was Cornelius the Fourth Bishop of Antioch who ruled in  167.[i]

By the way, this Roman centurion’s descendants are alive and well today, living in America.




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