37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
38 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. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
This is the moment to which preachers look. We’ve preached the Good New and proclaimed the Gospel. Has anyone heard? Was anyone listening? Often, we may not know. Our words may have been a seed planted, yet to bear fruit. These words may have moved someone to make amends, apologize or to change in some way, but we may never know.
Peter knew people heard him by their response. “What must we do?” they cried. The Word spoken by Peter had cut to the quick. When we hear, when we listen to the Gospel, it demands an answer, a response. We are compelled to act. The word Peter gave to their response was, “Repent!” You should make a 180 degree turn in the direction of God.
And you know what? They did. People from many nations, Jew and Gentile, responded. They devoted themselves to learning, to fellowship, to eating together and to prayer. Everyone responded with generous hearts, gladly sharing whatever they had for the needs of others. Every day they met together praising God.
What has been your response to the Word? To whom or what have you devoted yourself? Do you have a “glad and generous heart”? Is your response to God’s Word such that others want to hear it?
Almighty God, open my heart to listen and respond. May I be devoted to your Word, to the fellowship of the saints, to sharing and to praying. May I be devoted to You. In Christ’s Name, Amen.
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