Every now and then we come across people in the Bible who are not prominent in the Biblical record. Though they play only a small role, a description of them reveals that they are people with a vibrant faith.
One of those was a man named Cornelius. He was a soldier in the Roman army, a commander. And he was a man of faith.
I love the way this man is described as he lived out his faith. The four items that were characteristic of his faith are good for us to know, and think about for ourselves.
- Devout. He was devoted to God and a man of piety. His mind and heart were drawn frequently to God.
- God-fearing. He held a deep respect for God born of his love for God, a love itself born of God’s love for him.
- Generous. He gave abundantly to those who were in need as soon as he became aware of their circumstances.
- Prayerful. Prayer was an important, vital and regular part of Cornelius’ walk in the faith.
“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” (Acts 10:1-2, NIV).
Lord, give me your Spirit and the amazing faith-qualities that you gave to Cornelius. Where I have fallen short, I ask for your forgiveness. Thank you for Jesus’ love and forgiveness. Knowing that I am loved faithfully and forgiven constantly only motivates me all the more to desire the qualities of a vibrant faith that Cornelius possessed.
Our Bible reading for Monday, June 15, is 2 Samuel 23:8 – 24:25, Acts 9:32 – 10:23a and Psalm 74:1-9.
Header image based on "Forestier: A centurion on the march" by Mike Bishop, CC By 2.0