Getting God’s Attention

It is interesting to see what God saw in him. 

Acts 10:1-8

Reference: Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked.
The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. (Acts 10:4 NIV)

Explore: I have a friend who wears many different hats.

To her students she is considered an intelligent lecturer, to her boss she is a diligent worker. Her congregation see her as a faithful minister and the youth group consider her to be fun and creative.

While she is involved in so many roles her friends know her to be hilarious and adventurous.

We all play different roles in our lives to different people. I wonder which role we would choose if we could only choose one?

Application: In Acts 10 we hear of a gentleman who had a very important job. He was a centurion in the Italian regiment and would have been well respected by the many people below him. However, it is interesting to see what God saw in him.

He wasn’t recognised by God for his position in the army, but by his generosity to those in need. So often we work hard in particular areas of our life to be noticed by other people, however, these accomplishments may not mean quite as much to God as they do to us.

When it comes to getting God’s attention it may not be our social position or the level we sit on the corporate ladder that makes Him sit up and take notice!

Prayer: Lord, the things we do throughout the day are often for our own value or for other people to notice. Help us to put our focus on that which is lasting and worthy of Your attention. Amen.

What area of your life do you think God would be most pleased with?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.