No Common Man
This morning I was reminded while reading Acts 10 and 11 there are no common men. In a vision Peter was challenged by God to step out of his comfort zone, out of his culture, out of his norm to go to those he would normally not talk to. You see Peter was a Jew and in his own words it was unlawful for him to associate with anyone of another nation. But Peter went because the Lord commanded. At first Peter objected saying, “By no means Lord: I have never partaken in anything common or unclean.” However God taught Peter a valuable lesson by saying, “What God has made clean, do not call common.” You see there are no common people. There are no unclean men.
I must confess I am guilty so many times of separating myself from others. Not talking to that homeless man because he is filthy. Not talking to that kid sitting by himself because he seemed a little weird and it would have been uncomfortable. Not giving my time to listen to that hurting person because I wasn’t sure if I wanted to get into the messiness with them. I am guilty. No matter the excuse for us thinking there is something that is separating us from someone else God says “what I have made clean, do not call common.”
There is no ethnic excuse, there is no sexual orientation excuse, there no social class excuse, there is no excuse at all for the gospel not being shared. When Peter came back to the disciples in Jerusalem they criticized Peter for going to the gentiles. After explaining to them what the Lord had commanded him to do he said a very powerful statement that rings true for a believer to this day, “If then God gave the same gift to them as he gave to us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could stand in God’s way?”
If we believe it to be true that “for God so love THE WORLD He gave His one and only Son,” “That while we were still sinners Christ died for us,” and that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” then we cannot hold to ourselves this Gospel. We cannot hold to ourselves “this Jesus,” as Peter would say. I do not know who is common or unclean to you but in the eyes of God there are none. God sees those He died for.
I remember when I first became a Christian I heard a song by Casting Crowns. Within the song there was a line that says, “Jesus payed much to high a price for me to pick and choose who gets to come.” Now let me be clear. God’s love is “not” blind. In fact it is very specific. He loves each individual and died for each individual. He died for who they are. Jesus asks for His people to come to Him that they might be made new and transformed in His name. There is no common or unclean man, but righteous and clean men in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are all sinners in need of a savior. The homeless man, the broken hearted, the awkward, the well kept man, and even the church kid. Let us no longer discriminate but be lovers of the gospel. Let us be doers of the gospel. As Peter said it, “Who are we to stand in God’s way?”
( Acts 10:11,14,15,28, Acts 11:17, John 3:16, Romans 5:8, Romans 3:23)