Acts 10:34-35 - Then Peter began to speak, “I realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.”
Sometimes when God speaks it goes against everything we've been taught or how we've been raised. We saw this in chapter 9 regarding Saul. He had been raised a Pharisee, and he served God in the best way he knew how. Then God spoke and it changed everything.
Now we see Peter and the rest of the disciples being challenged in their way of thinking. They were raised to view the Gentiles as ‘dogs’ in comparison to them, the Jews. God sent Peter to minister to some Gentiles and he watched as God poured out His Spirit upon them. When he returned to the rest of the disciples, they began to question his actions. They asked why he would go and stay with Gentiles.
This was Peter’s response. “I realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear Him and do what is right.” Peter came to understand that all men are equal in God’s sight.
As we look at this story we of course need to realize the truth that Peter came to: that all of us are equal. When we are in God there is no difference between us. That’s not all we can learn from this story though.
We can also take a look at how God is challenging the disciples thinking. Just because you have thought one thing your whole life it does not make it right. You must be open and willing to change if God asks you too. He is wanting you to be more like Him and sometimes that goes against everything that you have been taught. Listen to Him, because He wants to and will help you if you let Him.