The Lord wanted a man named Cornelius to hear the good news about Jesus Christ—that whoever believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins. In order to share this wonderful news, God chose what seemed an inefficient way and an unqualified person.
The reason why offers insight into God’s inefficiency in our lives.
The Lord’s Inefficient Plan at Caesarea by the Sea
In order for Cornelius to hear the gospel, the angel told him to dispatch some men more than 35 miles south to Joppa. There they would find Simon Peter and bring him back to Caesarea.
But two other options would have proved far more efficient:
The angel could have given the message to Cornelius. After all, the angel would have expressed the message perfectly—and immediately!
Philip could have shared with Cornelius. This option makes total sense. After all, Philip was an evangelist, and he already lived right there in Caesarea (Acts 8:40; 21:8)!