Acts 2:37 “When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’”
Acts 16:29-30 “The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas…and asked, ‘Sirs, what must I do to be saved?’”
Who in your life has modeled such amazing faith and testimony in Jesus Christ that you ask, “What must I do” to have that same power-filled testimony and life?
In the book of Acts, we hear this same question in two different accounts (take time to read their entirety). In the Acts 2 passage, we see such dynamite witness to the life and love of Jesus that the people who observe the apostle’s testimony are convinced they need what the apostles had. In the Acts 16 passage, we see Paul and Silas showing grace to a jailer who, according to Roman law, deserved death. The jailer was so moved by their actions that he knew the prisoners were not ordinary men.
The people in Jerusalem and the jailer did not see ordinary, timid men from Galilee. They saw disciples who had been baptized with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:5; Acts 2:33). They witnessed men who were equipped with the power of the Holy Spirit to accomplish supernatural acts not possible before those days (Acts 1:8; Acts 2:17-21).
What do people hear from you? Do they hear a powerful testimony that Jesus changes everything?
What do people see in you? Do they see a new creation in Jesus Christ? Do they see someone changed from hatred to loving-kindness; from anger to forgiveness; from pride to humility? Do others want what you have?
Prayer: Father God, may my life be a pleasing aroma to You. Today, I pray that others will see that I am a new creation. Today, I ask for passionate words that testify to the saving grace of Jesus Christ. Today, I triumph over sin by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of my testimony (Revelation 12:11), and I walk in the power of the Holy Spirit for the glory of God. In Christ’s name, Amen