At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2 He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. 3 One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!”4 Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” he asked. The angel answered, “Your prayers and gifts to the poor have come up as a memorial offering before God. 5 Now send men to Joppa to bring back a man named Simon who is called Peter.
Cornelius, a devout god-fearing roman centurion was a man of military authority and social prestige, possibly one of the earliest gentile followers of Jesus before the Christian community had come to accept that people other than Jews could be such. But God memorialised his good works and his prayer by using Cornelius as a key to delivering His plan for the Gospel to reach everyone. If we are at one with God in prayer and good works he will use us too for the glory of His Kingdom.
Jesus, I praise you that I am one of your chosen people. Use me today to further the Kingdom of Heaven wherever I am and with whoever I might meet.