Daily Devotional

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On the eve of Memorial Day in 2016, a man spray-painted graffiti on the Vietnam War Memorial in Venice, California. The police began an investigation into the vandalism and found a picture of the man spray-painting the same design on a white van in San Francisco. In addition to releasing this report, the police department offered a $20,000 reward for information leading to the man’s arrest.

These efforts, and the anger expressed by veterans and community members, show the great value placed on the memory of soldiers and their willingness to risk their lives for others. The suspect who vandalized the memorial was also risking much in an effort to memorialize himself. However, his efforts led only to infamy.

Cornelius was a man whose actions led to a memorial in heaven. Although he was not yet a Christian, he prayed constantly and gave money “generously” (Acts 10:2). This was especially unique because his position could have rendered him callous to religious influences. As a centurion, he commanded many soldiers, received great respect, and had much wealth at his command. However, he was willing to offer voluntary devotion to God.

As a result of his faithfulness, God made him a memorial of His own impartiality. When the Holy Spirit was poured out upon Cornelius after the preaching of Peter in his house, it became clear that God was not at all opposed to the conversion of non-Jewish people. Since this conversion involved a respected Roman and was effected by a leader of the church, it became the reference point for God’s desire to save people of every ethnicity.

This can be seen by how Peter recalled the experience of Cornelius’ conversion with leaders in Jerusalem (Acts 11:4–18; 15:7–9).

Lord, please let my devotion become a memorial of Your goodness.

For Further Study: Acts 10; Nehemiah 13:14; Malachi 3:16



Daily Devotional Verses

“When he observed him, he was afraid, and said, ‘What is it, lord?’ So, he said to him, ‘Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God’ ” (Acts 10:4). For Further Study: Acts 10; Nehemiah 13:14; Malachi 3:16

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