15 “As I began to speak,” Peter continued, “the Holy Spirit fell on them, just as he fell on us at the beginning.16 Then I thought of the Lord’s words when he said, ‘John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’17 And since God gave these Gentiles the same gift he gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to stand in God’s way?” Acts 11:15-17
This passage I think is misunderstood sometimes. Some people may take it as saying that you can eat anything and that all things are good for you. Truthfully as the scripture says everything is permissible, but not beneficial. That’s all I’m going to say about food. Peter saw this blanket come down 3 times to show him that he needed to open the church up to Gentiles as well as Jews. Up till this point it was all Jewish people that were getting the gospel, now God took it to a hole nother level. I think as far as our capacity to love, God wants us to go another level in extending His kingdom. Those people that we think are distractions need to become blessings in our life. Praise God if you have some one who needs your advice or help. Granted there are some people that just try to drain life out of you, those need to be set aside, but praise God for those that want to learn from you and need you to help them with different things. You are being Jesus to them just by loving them enough to be there for them. So as Peter asked point blank, who are we to stand in God’s way if He wants to reach out to this person by using you. Sure it may be a distraction, but distractions are blessings in disguise.