Noticed By God
19 October 2009
30 Cornelius replied, “Four days ago I was praying in my house about this same time, three o’clock in the afternoon. Suddenly, a man in dazzling clothes was standing in front of me. 31 He told me, ‘Cornelius, your prayer has been heard, and your gifts to the poor have been noticed by God!'" (Acts 10:30-31 NLT)
Cornelius was a Roman army officer who loved the Jews and used his wealth and influence to be a blessing to them. He was a spiritual man who prayed fervently to God (not to gods) and he gave generously to help the poor.
God heard his prayers. God noticed his compassionate generosity to the poor.
If I made a list of all the “spiritual” things I do: Prayer, daily Bible reading, journaling, truth-seeking, pastoral ministry, administrative tasks, care for the churches in Southwest Idaho, mentoring, church attendance, message preparation, public speaking, tithing, giving to missions, ministry to people in other nations, giving to the poor… if I listed all these things, which ones might actually be “noticed by God?”
Of all the things I do, which of my activities might actually prompt God to turn to a nearby angel and say, “Look at that! Look what Jim Stephens is doing right there. Now I like that!” This is worth some thought and prayer.
What about your list? Any ideas on which of your activities may attract the notice of Father God?
Father, I’m afraid I more often think about what others may notice and approve than about what you notice. Please work in me and direct me by your Spirit that I may live more for your notice than for the notice or approval of others. Let me see through Spirit-eyes so that I will notice the things you notice in me and in others. And help me spend more time and energy on the things that attract your notice than on the things that don’t really matter. Amen.