September 21st, 2016
Cornelius: A Godly Role Model
There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway. (Acts 10:1-2 KJV)
Caesarea was a settlement consisting of Gentiles and largely populated by the Roman army and officials of the government. The environment was like living near a populated military base today. Cornelius was a leader in the Roman army and likely had a contingent of men operating under his command. Perhaps Caesarea was a militarily unstable area in this time of ancient history, making it necessary to have bands of soldiers armed, ready, and waiting to prevent potential rebellious pockets of trouble from brewing up into a more difficult situation.
Cornelius was much more than a good military leader he was identified as a godly man who feared God and exhibited a good character being kind to all those he dealt with. Not only did he treat people well but he was never afraid to show his commitment to the things of God. He was often found to be in prayerful communication with God and was found to be good role model for others to imitate and follow.