5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter. 6 He is staying with Simon the tanner, whose house is by the sea.”
7 When the angel who spoke to him had gone, Cornelius called two of his servants and a devout soldier who was one of his attendants. 8 He told them everything that had happened and sent them to Joppa. Acts 10:7-8
Put yourself in Cornelius‘ servants shoes for a moment. Outwardly they obeyed their master, but inwardly they had to be thinking they would be going on a “wild goose chase” or that their master had lost his mind. But servants do what they do best, serve and obey. Now these three men had to obey, especially since Cornelius sent one of his soldiers with them.
What if our master called us to do something that was out of the ordinary? What if, after listening to the heartfelt story of a missionary family, he asked you to give a sizable amount? Would you do it? What if He told you and your spouse the same thing?
To be certain, the Christian life is a life of obedience. But it is also being in tuned with what the Holy Spirit prompts us to do when we have the means and talents. His prompts are different for everybody. It could be time, money, talents, or a compassionate and listening ear. It could be a sacrifice of prayer in the middle of the night.
What’s He been showing you lately?