When they [the Jewish Christians] heard this, they had no further objections and praised God, saying, “So then, God has granted even the Gentiles repentance unto life.” — Acts 11:18
Thoughts on Today’s Verse….
Breaking through racial and cultural barriers is never easy. Thankfully, God’s Spirit doesn’t let us settle comfortably into our prejudices. Instead, we are challenged, led, and pushed to break through racial hatred and cultural ignorance. Let’s be the kind of people who rejoice and praise God as every barrier dividing people falls. Let’s press on until the triumphant promise of the Gospel is fulfilled: “There is no longer Jew or Gentile, slave or free, male or female. For you are all Christians — you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28). In doing this, we anticipate the incredible chorus of heaven that praises God with folks from every language, tribe, people, and nation (Revelation 7:9-11).
Holy God, I ask that you bless all those everywhere who are trying to cross cultural, linguistic, and nationalistic barriers to share the grace of Jesus with those who do not know you. Help them know they are bringing you joy and anticipating the praise that surrounds you in glory! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.