At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion of what was known as the Italian Cohort, a devout man who feared God with all his household, gave alms generously to the people, and prayed continually to God.
About the ninth hour of the day he saw clearly in a vision an angel of God come in and say to him, “Cornelius.”
And he stared at him in terror and said, “What is it, Lord?”
And he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial before God. And now send men to Joppa and bring one Simon who is called Peter. He is lodging with one Simon, a tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
When the angel who spoke to him had departed, he called two of his servants and a devout soldier from among those who attended him., and having related everything to them, he sent them to Joppa. Acts 10:1-8
Cornelius was a devout man, a devoted man. His heart was turned to God. Loving God isn’t about following a set of religious rules. Loving God means your heart is turned toward God. You don’t just think about God, but your heart swells with love for God. Do you love God?
Cornelius has a right understanding of who he was, and who God is. He respected God, revered him, stood in awe of him, trusted that God truly is God. Have you trusted God by inviting him to rule in your life?
Cornelius was a centurion, a leader among Roman soldiers. He also led his household. All of us have leadership responsibilities of one kind or another. Whether in your household, at work, in your church … wherever God has placed you, you have responsibility. Are you leading well?
Cornelius saw the needs of those around him. He gave generously to the poor. God took note of Cornelius’ generosity. His care of the poor actually rose up to God as an offering. Do you see the needs of those around you? Do you give generously?
Cornelius prayed continuously. He was in constant communication with God. Do you see prayer as a once-a-day activity you check off your list, or as the way to stay connected with God throughout your day? Do you pray continuously?