The apostles and the believers throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcised believers criticized him 3 and said, “You went into the house of uncircumcised men and ate with them.”
A gentile is an adjective explaining someone is not Jewish. AKA they didn’t know the true God. This was a HUGE deal during the time Jesus lived and died. A gentile was seemed to be unclean, unworthy, and not enough. They were almost “less than” when looked at from a believers eyes. Here we see fellow believers questioning Peters actions from prior. He had eaten with some Gentiles, uh oh…
There are certain things in life we have to be good enough to succeed in or even be a part of. Sports, Theater, Arts, Band, Math Club, the list could go on and on. You have to meet a certain standard to be a part of these clubs or activities.
I know for me I wanted to be a part of the math club in high school. I was pretty good at math and actually majored in Finance in college. So I tried out in high school. I don’t know if try out is the right verbiage, but whatever. The try out was essentially a test, which was a red flag in itself. Anyways, I sharpen my number two pencil and take the test in about an hour. Lets just say… I am pretty confident I got zero questions right. I didn’t make the team.
I think what is cool about Jesus is there is no test, tryout, or performance that we are judged on. Jesus came to offer salvation to all people... the scripture tells us. We are not loved more or less based on how we perform in different areas of our life. We are loved simple because we are children of God.
Sometimes I wish we all saw ourselves the way God sees us. Full of potential, beautiful, smart, capable, and enough. Too often we listen to our own negative thoughts and that of others. Listen and see yourself through Gods eyes!
I am so glad Peter set the example for the world after Jesus died and rose again. Believer or non-believer, you are loved. Believer or non-believer, I want you at my table. I want to be a part of your life. You matter to me and you matter to God. This is something I think about often because I wasn’t a believer my whole life. It started in college when someone invited me to Louisville FCA. The rest is history.
If you have a story of how someone invited you into their lives or vice versa, I would love to hear it in the comments below. Also if you have any feedback about the site at all, let me know, good or bad! Thank you for reading and GOD BLESS!
Dear Lord, thank you for your word and how it transforms us. Give us hearts to seek and find those who need You and just allow us to love on them. Help us to be guided by your Spirit. I love you and praise you, amen!
Have a great week!