"World Christians"

Douglas VanBronkhorst

READ : Acts 10:1-35

I am committed to being a “world” Christian. World Christians are eager to see the world as God sees it. They are believers who sincerely share God’s desire to rescue peoples of the earth. This means learning about others and paying attention to what God is doing in the world. I commend this goal to you, too, as an essential aspect of being a witness for Christ.

Peter was not a world Christian before the incident with Cornelius. He discovered, to his chagrin, that God wanted his perspective to change significantly. Peter viewed Gentiles (non-Jews) as people to avoid. His ignorance of God’s point of view is appalling. God forced Peter to change his thinking, and not very gently either! Peter realized his attitudes were too narrow, parochial, and self-centered. He saw that God cares equally for every people group and culture. This caring is a crucial factor in Jesus’ command for us to be witnesses to the ends of the earth. It really is a matter of love, isn’t it? Love that goes beyond my group, people, and nation, embracing others always. God loves the world, and so should we. Are you a world Christian? Or are you only shut off in your own little world?

PRAYER

God, open my eyes and heart to see and to love the whole world. In Jesus’ name. Amen.