Reflection on Acts 11:1-18




When they heard this, they were silenced. And they praised God saying, “Then God has given even to the Gentiles the repentance that leads to life.”


Following Peter’s experience at Caesarea, where Gentiles had received the gospel and the Holy Spirit, some of the circumcised believers in Jerusalem criticise Peter.

Peter recounts what happened. His conclusion is that God has poured out His spirit on the Gentile believers, so who is he to stand in God’s way?

The critics are silenced and they praise God for bringing Gentiles to repentance.


If God is moving who are we to stand in His way? God’s plans are often bigger than what we can see, just as the plan of salvation went way beyond the Jews.

God is not willing for anyone to be lost and so He will do what is necessary to see the gospel preached to all people. That includes people we may not approve.

When God moves, the church and its leaders must be careful not to resist Him. We want to limit God, constrain Him, tame Him. When a river overflows its banks it is uncontainable. Yet we try!

We pray for revival but want it on our terms. We ask for the Spirit to move, but become fearful when He does.


Who am I to hinder you Lord? Help me to be open to your many-faceted works and to welcome all that you do, even when I don’t understand it.


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