In this book, we see for the first time that Gentiles are accepted into the faith. While we all know this today, it was a huge revelation to them at that time. They had understood that for the most part, the people who were called by God were the Jewish people. Now, everyone was welcome to the grace and love of God.
There is a lot in the paper and in the media right now about racial tension. No matter where you land politically, one very real truth of the gospel and those who follow Jesus is that we are no longer divided by race, class, culture, or politics. The mission of Jesus crosses all boundaries so that we can share the gospel with everyone. We can’t let the biases and the partialities we are raised with keep us from the gospel.
The early church leaders could have gone with what they knew and denied the Gentiles. What God was doing was bigger. The same is true in our lives. God places people in our lives for a reason and we can’t let anything keep us from them. To state it clearly, there is no room for racism, classism, or any other place for social division when it comes to the gospel. Everyone is offered. Everyone is loved.
Are you open to all people? Do you have partiality in your heart? Ask God to show you how you can love all people regardless of who they are, where they are from, or what they believe, or what their race is.