Wednesday Word 4.26.2017
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.” 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.
This promise of mercy and salvation was given for the people of Israel and for their descendants. It was also for “all who are far off.” That would be you and me. Batavia, Ohio in 2017 is about as far off as you can get. Sometimes when I hear scriptures like this one, it almost makes the hair stand on the back of my neck. When I least expect it, God is snapping me to attention.
Having just spent the season of Lent looking inward at my own behavior and then celebrating the joy of the Resurrection, I wasn’t ready for a reality check. I was still in the “Because He Lives” mode, feeling all lovey. Then, Peter reminds me that there is no season for repentance. Repentance is the full time work of a human being. It must be. Our salvation is a indescribable gift given for us day after day. We must remember that as magnificent as our Savior is, we must still strive towards him as we fall so short. The Holy Spirit is sent to help us. I must make loving and serving my Lord and learning to obey his commands my priority. Then everything else in my life will fall naturally into place and I can live into the promise. That gladness is meant for you and me. We can do it together…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki