Thursday, May 14, 2020

"While Peter Was Still Speaking"

Acts 10.44 NIV

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message.”

I am a salesman. I am trained to speak in a way that conveys truth and inspires trust. I truly care for prospective clients and believe my service will add value to their lives. Like many good salespeople, I have a little problem with talking, or should I say over-talking. Most of my business comes from repeat customers and referrals, so trust may be established before we sit down to speak together. Nevertheless, I eagerly launch into my sales presentation in all its glorious detail even when it is apparent that the client is already convinced I’m the right man for the job. 

I’ts not hard to read a fidgety client’s mind. Glazed-over eyes, apologetic yawns, throat clearings, paper shuffling, and wrist-watch glancing are all non-verbal hints suggesting, “Let’s wrap this thing up! Where do I sign?” I usually get the hint, but I don't always take the hint. I want to say, “You can’t buy yet! I’m not finished with my presentation!” In those moments I try to remind myself that the goal is not to talk. Rather, the goal is to complete the sale so I can get on with serving my new customer.

Peter was sent to Cornelius by an angel of God. That’s an excellent referral source! Cornelius was ‘sold’ even before he met the apostle! Peter’s contact with Cornelius confirmed the client was ready, willing, and able to make the purchase. In fact, if anything, it was Peter who was reluctant to make the sale. He had to be reminded three times that the prospect was worthy of the product.

“What God has cleansed no longer consider unholy.”
Acts 10.15 NASU

The Lord intended to impart the Holy Spirit to the household of Cornelius and demonstrate His universal love for all people. Peter finally got the message:

“God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.”
Acts 10.28 NASU

With an attentive and ready-to-buy audience, Peter launched into his full gospel presentation. Luke’s record states, “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all those who heard the message.” Peter wisely recognized the signals, stopped preaching, and closed the sale with the water of baptism.

Lord, make me wise enough to shut up long enough for You to work in the lives of those you want me to reach with the message of Christ.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey Dave,

I am impressed and blessed by what you are doing here. Where, oh where, do you find the time?

Good to see you yesterday, Had some rough news today. My Dad had a small heart attack early this morning. His name is Cliff so keep him and my mom (Jean) in your prayers please.

Christ is, that's enough!