Plot Twist: Week 7 - Day 5

Opening Prayer:

Father, I pray that you will open my eyes to the action I need to take today. Give me confidence knowing you are with me. Turn my heart to your will. Amen.

Read: Acts 2:37 (NIV)

“When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’”

Reflect:

In this portion of Acts Peter is preaching to the people and has just revealed to them that Jesus, whom they have crucified, is the awaited Messiah. The scripture states that the people were “cut to the heart.” In their misery they cried, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

Those listening to Peter were so moved by what had occurred that their first and only question was “what could they do”? The people could not sit by and do nothing. Their feelings were so deep, they were prompted to act. Do we feel this way about what Jesus has done for us? Does the thought of what Jesus suffered on the cross, and how God must have felt watching his son die, change your heart enough for you to ask what you can do about it?

God’s love for his people and for the world should inspire such reverence and awe in us that the only response we could possibly have is to tell others about this love. What God has sacrificed, given, and forgiven us for, should be so big and overwhelming that we cannot keep it to ourselves. We are called not just to believe in God, but to let this belief in his love for us change our hearts so much that the joy his love creates cannot be contained. The love and joy that we have is to spill out of us and affect those around us.

If we are truly “cut to the heart” about what God has done for us, then sharing his love with others is the natural next step. Who are you sharing the love of Jesus with? Who do you need to share the love of Jesus with? God’s love for us is meant to be shared and he is calling us to help fulfill his mission to take his message of love and forgiveness to the rest of the world.

Apply:

Find someone that you need to share the love and forgiveness of Jesus with this week. Pray that God will be with you as you have this conversation and that he will give you the courage and words that you need. Be bold! God is calling you to share your faith with those around you.

Closing Prayer:

God, I pray that you may count me worthy of your calling, and that by your power you may fulfill every good purpose and every act of faith. Amen.

Terry Schneider