Acts 10 is the account of Peter introducing Cornelius, a gentile, to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit had to get Peter to cross lines of tradition and even Mosaic Law in order to answer a devout God-seeking, gentile prayer. Peter, when given a vision of a sheet from heaven filled with every kind of animal, reptile and bird and being told to eat, proclaimed, “Surely not, Lord! I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.” (Acts 10:14 NIV).
Peter had spent his life not eating the things in that sheet. He was stuck in his ways and could quote scripture to back them up. Not only had he never eaten this food, he had never entered a gentile home. The Holy Spirit had to tell Peter that nothing He had made was unclean including the Roman soldier and the two servants that were sent to fetch him.
Peter was called to the house of Cornelius, a Roman centurion who was stuck in his ways. Cornelius “prayed to God regularly” and “gave generously to those in need” (Acts 10:2). God notices habits like prayer and generosity, and so He sent an angel to instruct Cornelius to summon Peter and to hear the Good News he would bring. The ways of Cornelius resulted in salvation for him and his household; the ways of Peter had to change in order for God’s will to be carried out.
“I’ve always done it this way” may be a good thing leading to salvation or a fetter that holds us back from God’s will. God works through visions, angels, and words of knowledge and wisdom to lead us in ways that lead to salvation. God loved Peter and Cornelius too much to leave them, “stuck in their ways.”
God loves us and has sent His Spirit to lead us into ways we need to be stuck in. If someone says you are stuck in your ways, are they ways that lead to salvation or somewhere else?