“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
Peter replied, “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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off–for all whom the Lord our God will call.” – Acts 2:36-39 (NIV)
I love the response the people had when they heard Peter share the good news of the gospel: “What shall we do?” They didn’t ask what doctrinal statement they needed to sign, they didn’t look for membership papers to sign and they didn’t ask for training in theological argumentation. They asked what they need to do in response to the most amazing truth they had ever heard.
So what shall we do? In response to the gospel, what shall we do each day? The initial instructions from Peter are repentance and baptism, but I think those things are good for more than getting on the right side of salvation. They are the door into a life empowered by the Holy Spirit. So every day we need to make sure we are centered on Christ, living in the power of the resurrection and empowered by the Holy Spirit. That is what we should do, but is it what we shall do?
It is easy to get stuck on the other side of salvation. We cross that line from being lost to being found and we forget to keep moving forward. We forget to ask God, “What shall we do?” Be a doer. Keep that question alive in your life with God. Whenever you here the truth of God’s Scripture ask how it answers the question, “What shall I do?”
Lord, help me to continue moving forward toward You. Lead me to the answer to the question, “What shall I do?” every day with You. Make me a doer. Amen