“The Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favouritism. In every nation He accepts those who fear Him and do what is right.”
As Peter was resting, waiting for his lunch to be prepared in the home of Simon the tanner, God showed him a vision of a sheet hanging by its four corners, containing all kinds of meat and food that was prohibited to be eaten in Jewish law. God was showing Peter, through this vision, that because of Jesus’ sacrifice, all things were now made holy through Him. He showed Peter that there is nothing un-clean that He has made clean. In simpler terms, as spoken by the disciples after Peter shared his testimony with them, ‘We can see that God has also given the Gentiles the privilege of repenting of their sins and receiving eternal life.’
God was showing Peter, and the other Jewish Christians, that salvation, was freely available to all people; that it was not limited to a people group, a denomination, or language. Of course this caused great controversy in the early church, as they thought salvation was from the Jews and for the Jews, but through this vision, God was telling them, that He does not show partiality and salvation is a free gift available to all.
Friends, that same message is for us today. God shows no partiality, has no favourites and accepts all people into His family. Wherever you have been, whatever you have done, you are welcome to be called His child through the repentance of your sins and acceptance of His love. Even the most hardened criminals are welcome into His Kingdom. If God welcomes all, then so should we. Forgiveness is available for all. It is His love that changes us.