“And the following day they entered Caesarea. Now Cornelius was waiting for them, and had called together his relatives and close friends.” (Acts 10:24, NKJV)
Four days earlier, Cornelius, a Roman Centurion, was praying. He was a good man, wanting to please God and do what is right for others—a just man, and a man of influence. He prayed, he gave to the poor, he put his resources at the feet of his faith.
Around 3pm, he was praying and seeking the Lord, which he did on a daily basis. This time, something different happened. He received a response! God took notice of the soldiers’ expectant supplication. An angel stood before him and told him to send for Simon Peter, a man who would speak to him things to do.
Peter brought the word and Cornelius and brought the people. That is a lot of faith. Would Peter come? What would the message be? Cornelius had no idea! The message was to him, but he invited his family and close friends to hear it. He had the faith to believe that if it was an important message, then those of his household needed to hear it. He was a good man, caring for others as much or if not more than himself—a man of character.
Therefore, he also had a reputation to maintain. He was a good man and a soldier of some standing. He could easily have looked like a fool if he invited his friends and family to a meeting without the speaker or the message. He put that reputation at the feet of his faith.
How willing are you to put your faith to that kind of test? Does your faith have feet? Do you stand upon God’s word even to the point of losing your respectability? What about your resources? Do you trust God enough to place them at His command? This is the kind of faith that God respects. He loves it when His people trust Him without a doubt. He is a rewarder of those who so diligently do so.
Peter spoke. The Spirit poured out. God came through.