So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.
Have you ever wondered if the time you spend praying and the gifts and offerings you give really make a difference? No matter who you are, including the most seasoned believers, these thoughts may come across your mind from time to time. I know these same thoughts have hit me on occasion, but the Holy Spirit quickly reminds me of all the times God has come through for me right when I needed Him to; times when He opened doors for me that were impossible for me to open on my own.
Cornelius may have had these same types of thoughts. He was different than most of the other Roman soldiers and officers. He prayed to God continually and gave to the poor regularly. And, I’m sure he could take inventory at any moment and account for the many times God had blessed his life and his family. But on one particular day he had an encounter with God that would leave no question in his heart and mind that his prayers and gifts had counted.
On what must have started out like any ordinary day, Cornelius was visited by an Angel of the Lord who told him that his gifts and prayers had been received by God as a memorial. God had taken into account every gift Cornelius had ever given and He had heard every prayer he had ever prayed. As a result, God chose Cornelius to be the first gentile recipient of the Gospel. Cornelius was the doorway to every non-Jew to receive the Good News of Jesus Christ.
Let me encourage you today to keep on praying and keep on giving. Even when it doesn’t look like your prayers are being heard, or that your gifts are making a difference, I can assure you, based on what we find in the Word, that it will come back to you. God guarantees it!