May 19, 2019 (5th Sunday of Easter): “He Will Give You A Message”
Main Text: Acts 11:1-18 (Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35)
of the things that often keeps us from witnessing is our fear of what to say.
It can be an antagonistic world in which to share your experience of faith. It
is hard enough sharing our witness with fellow believers. Peter is facing
criticism from his own people for having shared the gospel with outsiders. In
this story from the book of Acts, Peter gives us an example we can follow. He
did not argue with them over theology or biblical interpretation. Peter simply
shared a story. He understood why these Jewish believers were offended, because
he was raised the same way. So he shared his encounter that opened his mind and
heart to a God whose love is expansive and inviting. God gives us a message to
share through our own experiences with God that led us into a greater understanding
of God. When we share our story, we invite others to follow the path of
enlightenment that God led us into. We are called to be witnesses! God will
give us a message!