(What is God saying here?)
Acts 2:37-41 (AMP)
37 Now when they heard this they were stung (cut) to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles (special messengers), Brethren, what shall we do?
38 And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise [of the Holy Spirit] is to and for you and your children, and to and for all that are far away, [even] to and for as many as the Lord our God invites and bids to come to Himself.
40 And [Peter] solemnly and earnestly witnessed (testified) and admonished (exhorted) with much more continuous speaking and warned (reproved, advised, encouraged) them, saying, Be saved from this crooked (perverse, wicked, unjust) generation.
41 Therefore those who accepted and welcomed his message were baptized, and there were added that day about 3,000 souls.
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
What shall we do? – This was the cry of the people at the end of verse 37 when they were convicted of their sin through the preaching of the Word by Peter. Even today, people attend church (many out of tradition, I believe) and they hear the Word of God. Some are not so stubborn as to hear and believe the Word, and to acknowledge that they are far from perfect. To those that truly ‘hear’ the Word of God, and become convicted of the areas that they fall short in, should immediately bow before God and ask like the folk did before Peter and the disciples, “What shall I do now”? Friends I hope that anyone reading this devotional will realize that many who are were with us yesterday are not with us today. My point here is that when we become convicted of our sin, we don’t need to procrastinate, for we have no assurance of tomorrow. We could be called out from this earth today. The answer to this critical question is very clear in the verses that I am sharing with you today, specifically verse 38. As Peter encouraged, so allow me to do. This question is way too critical to shrug off. This question is way too critical to be less than 100% sure about when evaluating your position with the Lord. On the day of Judgment when you are asked why you should be allowed into Heaven, no other answer will do if you have not followed the instructions that Peter gives in verse 38. Each of us at one point in our lives must have asked the question, “What shall I do Lord”? Our answer had to have been either:
- “Lord, I repent of my sin. Please forgive me of my sin and make me fully acceptable in Your sight. Thank You for the gift of Your Holy Spirit that You have promised to be my Guide, my Comforter and my Friend”, or
- “Lord, I hear You speaking to me, but I just cannot commit my life to You right now, even though I realize that should I die in the meantime, I will open my eyes in Hell with Satan and his demons.”
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord, I realize that the above appears very blunt, possibly cruel, and leaves no room for those who just want to postpone a decision to accept You as Lord, but unfortunately that’s the way that I understand Your Word. For each question we are posed with, we make a definite decision. In the case of the question posed by the Israelites, some chose to respond and accept You (some 3,000 of them), while the others chose to decline the invitation and face Satan and his demons. I pray that all who may read this devotional today will respond positively to Your voice and ready themselves for the day when You will call them home to live eternally with You. Thank You for convicting me of my sin and convincing me of the need for a Savior in my life. I look forward to the day when I will see You face to face and worship at Your feet forever and forever. I would love to unite with my family and friends at that time, so please work on their hearts today so that they may make this most important decision of their lives, while they still have breath to do so.
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