34 Then Peter replied, “I see very clearly that God shows no favouritism. 35 In every nation he accepts those who fear him and do what is right. 36 This is the message of Good News for the people of Israel—that there is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.
Our God does not show favouritism… Back when the disciple Peter was sharing this with the Roman Centurion – Cornelius, the idea that God was really only pleased by people following strict rules and regulations as outlined in the Old Testament was still prevalent. But Jesus’ work here on earth changed this for the rest of history – of which we are a part!
We have been marvelling at all the Holy Spirit worked in the years immediately after Jesus life, death and resurrection. This has been done in age appropriate ways across the whole College in our Chapel times and devotions.
God is not interested in us striving in our own strength to obey man made rules and endeavouring to make ourselves worthy through our ‘good deeds’. What He is interested in, is our preparedness to connect with Him throughout our daily lives in prayer and awareness of His love for each of us and all people.
Just as Peter was wary of the Romans, we can be wary of others too – sometimes with good reason but ultimately, we can rely on God’s Spirit – the Holy Spirit to bring goodness and wholeness into our midst. This might be needed in our homes, in our work places… it is needed amongst us here at school as we interact with each other. Life is always challenging but it can also be invigorating and an adventure as we share all we do with the God who does not show favouritism to anyone in particular – but is always ready to bless us with His favour as we are open to all He has promised us in Jesus.
Lay Chaplain and Middle/Senior School Teacher