“When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Acts 2:37
Shirley and I really enjoy spending time at a local restaurant with a lovely view that offers a good cup of coffee and a tasty, economical breakfast. There is something beautifully therapeutic about the familiar and routine, which we all need to make our earthly journey a happy one, when people we know greet us and acknowledging our existence as meaningful to them. But what if heaven wants to bring change into our regular routine and stir us up for something refreshingly new and potentially life altering.
The Jews were certainly happy with the familiar routine of celebrating what was known in the Old Testament as the Feast of Weeks, which marked the end of the grain harvest in Israel, but on the day of Pentecost initiated a new harvest in the Kingdom of God. Although what visibly happened on the day of Pentecost was deeply significant, a violent wind and tongues of fire, it was what was born that day deep within the hearts of men and women that would change the world forever.
Just like us when God does something new in our lives, they were also unsure, hence the question, Brothers, what shall we do?
Peter’s answer was profoundly simple, ““Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” This started a movement which continued throughout the book of Acts, baptism in the Spirit and baptism in water going together, marking a significant new beginning. An inner change expressed through an outward action, telling the world that God had begun something refreshingly new from the inside out. Perhaps as you read this you are unsure about the direction your life is taking. Perhaps you are more comfortable with being in control of all areas of your day. Perhaps like most of us, and the Jews back on the day of Pentecost, you are not expecting change, but you get this feeling that God is letting you know it’s the right time to change. Perhaps then the correct response is to ask God, “What shall I do?”
Prayer: Lord, I know that you are speaking to me about changes that need to be made in my life. Please help me to respond in obedience to your Holy Spirit. Amen!