When I was a child, I rarely came to the dinner table the first time my mother called me. Distracted by what I was doing at the time, I ignored the first warning. The second call to come to the kitchen was louder, less pleasant and with a threatening tone. This usually got my attention, but if I was fixated on a game, I waited for the final warning. As soon as I heard my full name, I knew I was in trouble, running as fast as I could to avoid future punishment.
This happened three times, and then immediately the object was taken up into heaven.17 Now Peter was still perplexed and completely at a loss as to what his vision could mean when the men who had been sent by Cornelius, having asked directions to Simon’s house, arrived at the gate, Acts 10:16-17.
When God seeks to get your attention, the Lord tends to be more patient. Sometimes God will allow you to day dream about a specific act that He wants you to do. If overlooked, God may speak to you through a passage in the Bible to further motivate you to act. If this inspiration fades without any action, angels, visions or visitors may to sent to usher in acts of faith. In the account above and below, Peter was stubborn, clinging to his former beliefs. Like watching a rerun for the third time, Peter finally embraces God’s new message.
I also heard a voice saying to me, ‘Get up, Peter; kill and eat.’ 8 But I said, ‘Not at all, Lord; for nothing common (unholy) or [ceremonially] unclean has ever entered my mouth.’ 9 But the voice from heaven answered a second time, ‘What God has cleansed and pronounced clean, no longer consider common (unholy).’ 10 This happened three times, and everything was drawn up again into heaven, Acts 11:7-10.
The apostle Paul writes about offering your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God. When your heart and mind are fixated on Jesus, you won’t need to have God repeat himself over and over again. According to Paul, staying in tune with God is like being in a state of worship, staying on key. As individuals renew their minds through studying the Bible, ascertaining God’s will for your life become an obtainable goal. Thus, if you’re tired of being left in the dark spiritually, unsure of where to go or what to do, focus on godly values and ethical attitudes to guide your steps.
by Jay Mankus