The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on the Gentiles. Acts 10:45 (NIV)
It is an error that has always been present in religious circles. Some feel privileged or right with God, but cannot imagine their less-righteous brothers or sisters may find the same favor. Is it because we forget so easily that we all need Jesus to be saved just like them? Is it because we start to count on our own qualities that have been improved by our knowing Him? Is it because the secret evil that still lingers in our soul will try to rob us of the grace of God the minute we take our eyes off of Him and look to ourselves? Or could it be a form of pride that we lend ourselves to when we feel closer to God than another person?
Hearing of Jesus, those who set their hope in God are filled with the Holy Spirit. Should we rejoice that each and every new believer can find salvation just as we do in our Savior? Should we be filled with praise for God that there is no reason to feel superior to the next person? Should we remember often that it is by the grace of God that we can all call ourselves children of His? Shall we guard our hearts from secret pride and embrace everyone as worthy recipients of the sacrifice Jesus made? Shall we pray that we see our own continued need to walk close to Christ just like them?
Help us see our own need for You and not focus on the inadequacy of those around us. Let us praise You just like them in gratitude for the grace we find in You we pray!