What Shall We Do…
For a number of years, well, 25+ to be exact, running away from God and never knowing what to do, who to be or how to live was the rule-of-the-day. “Living spontaneously” was how it worked. Never a plan for anything, just awaken, live, stay drunk or altered in some manner, then pass out late into the evening. This was “living” or so it seemed at the time. There is nothing “living” about this type of lifestyle. It is not recommended for anyone, but somehow a great many of us life exactly like this.
It fell apart one day and it seemed to be the worst day ever experienced; turns out it is exactly what was needed. “Rock bottom” had come home to roost and the pain associated with hitting rock bottom is one that must felt to understand. We all have a bottom in us, it’s just that some are more visible than others. We are all sinners, it’s just that some are more easily known than others.
What is needed is repentance. We must confess our sins to another human being and allow the healing touch of Jesus Christ to take over the pain. That’s His job, that’s what He does for us. We have a job to do as well – our job is to tell Him what we have done.
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” ~Acts 2:36-37 NKJB
How deep were they cut? All the way to the heart. It’s no accident we are “cut to the heart”. We are to love our Lord with all our heart, all our soul and all our mind and in order for this to happen we need our heart to change – we need our heart to soften. If we don’t present our heart to Jesus Christ, then we must be cut – hit rock bottom – in order for it be revealed. Once it is revealed we have the capacity to be reborn – “What do you want me to do?” – repent.
Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” ~Acts 2:38-39 NKJB
It is almost impossible to make the picture any clearer. This one chapter – Acts 2 – details how a life can be changed. How a person can be born again in the Holy Spirit, find Jesus Christ – who is sitting there waiting for us to “find” Him – and live the life that He has predestined for us. We just have to be willing to hit rock bottom and allow Jesus Christ to drag us out of misery and cut us to the heart.
Either the Scripture is the divine Word of God teaching us how to live and how to be a reflection of Him, or it’s nothing more than a historical account of events.