‘What is it, lord?’ So he said to him, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come
up for a memorial before God.’ ”
Acts 10:4, NKJV
But what about the pygmies in Africa?” Have you ever heard that comment from someone with whom you were sharing the Gospel? Cornelius is God’s answer to the accusation of divine equity. Although Cornelius did not know Jesus, he feared God and was reverent, which moved God to send Peter to preach Christ so that he would be saved.
God is just and impartially offers salvation to those who are seeking: “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13) The Bible tells us that: “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him…” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
God is omniscient and knows all those who fear him, seek him and long to know him. Jesus makes it clear that it is, “…not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” (Matthew 18:14) In light of this understanding, consider the most well known Bible verse: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Christ died that we might live. Since it is God’s heart to save, we can be sure that He will save whosoever calls upon Him with a sincere and whole heart. Our job is, like Peter did for Cornelius, to help those who are perishing come to know the One that can save them.
QUESTION: Is there someone in your life that needs to know Jesus? What do you think God wants you to do?