verses 15-17: “As I began to speak, the Holy Spirit came on them as he had come on us at the beginning. Then I remembered what the Lord had said: ’John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ So if God gave them the same gift as he gave us, who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could oppose God?”
God visibly invited and welcomed the Gentiles by sending the Holy Spirit. If it hadn’t been clear before then, it was certainly becoming clear. “...who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1Timothy 2:4) God created all of us. No one is left out. No one is beyond the reach of God or beyond hope. I hope and pray to be a force of inclusion and attraction to others toward a life with God.
Holy One, you have left no one out. You want us all to know you and trust in you. You sent Jesus to bring your people together and the Holy Spirit to draw together the rest of the world. Put me to work, Lord. Amen