And when he looked on him, he was afraid, and said, What is it Lord? And he said unto him, Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a memorial before God. (Acts 10:4)
Tomorrow many towns and cities across America will be honoring the many branches of our military and rightfully so. There will be parades, barbecues and family gatherings under the banner of memorial day. This is one type of honor man can receive on this side of eternity. In the above Scripture, we find a different type of honoring; honor that comes from God only.
Here is a man named Cornelius and when the angel appears to him, he is praying to the only true and living God. However, he is not of Jewish descent; which brings him a step below of being one of God's chosen people. This fact does not stop him from communicating with Jehovah through prayer; nor does it inhibit him from sharing his resources with the poor. To receive such a visitation, his prayers and alms giving must have moved Father God's heart on more than one occasion. The angel informs Cornelius that God is about to pour out the Holy Ghost on himself, as well as other Gentiles. What a glorious day of enlightenment in God's honoring love!
Every prayer you have made, every deed in Jesus's name that you have performed and every service that you have served for God's glory will be a memorial unto you. Can you imagine that? Not only for the hereafter or judgment day, but a reflective in this present world. Praise the Lord!
Dr. Thomas Snyder