December 16, 2012

Gospel and Good Works

Acts 10:1-8  

10 At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.” When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa.

Here is a story of a God-fearing man, devout, prayerful and generous but somebody who needed the gospel. You see the gospel is not just for seemingly bad people. They are also for good people.

In fact, good people need the gospel more because good people think they are actually good. We will never be good enough compared to God’s goodness. God’s goodness shows us how we need Him because our good works are like filthy rags before His presence.

Cornelius might be good but he needed the gospel. How about you?