Morning Message of Motivation
Major Shifts: 1
By Rev Robert Ampiah-Kwofi
The conversion of Cornelius and his family and friends constituted a dramatic major shift in the Early Church.
This was simply because Cornelius and his company were Gentiles.
For a number of years of the Early Church, they firmly believed that salvation was exclusively for the Jews.
They made no attempt to preach to Gentiles.
Then they received some unexpected news.
Acts 11:1 NKJV
“Now the apostles and brethren who were in Judea heard that the Gentiles had also received the word of God.”
The conversion of Cornelius and his group became a “Breaking News” item in the church at Jerusalem.
The Early church received the news with shock and surprise.
Some factions of the church were outraged and angry.
Acts 11:2-3 NKJV
“And when Peter came up to Jerusalem, those of the circumcision contended with him, saying, “You went in to uncircumcised men and ate with them!”
This shift was so exceptional and unexpected, that it created a crisis in the church at Jerusalem. A faction in the church rose up to criticize and oppose Peter.
Every major shift creates different responses in different people.
Some will adopt a “wait and see” attitude.
They will wait on the sidelines, to see how the shift will work out.
Some will be supportive and cooperative.
These are the fully committed ones.
Some will be adamantly opposed. These are the traditionalists. They hate all change.
To successfully manage major shifts, a leader must have wisdom to respond properly to these three groups.
Peter responded wisely to those who rose up to fight him.
Acts 11:4 NKJV
“But Peter explained it to them in order from the beginning, saying:”
May you be ready and prepared for Divine major shifts.
May God give you abundant wisdom to manage the side effects of the major shifts, in Jesus’ name.