Pierced to the Heart.

Acts chapter 2

 “And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind.” It drew a crowd on that day of Pentecost. Those gathered were to witness the power of God, His Spirit in man. They each would hear in their own language “the mighty deeds of God.”  Some were amazed to hear God being praised this way and wondered what it meant. Others mocked and could not care less. Peter explained.

“AND I SHALL COME TO PASS IN THE LAST DAYS,’ God says, ‘THAT I WILL POUR FORTH MY SPIRIT ON ALL MANKIND; AND YOUR SONS AND YOUR DAUGHTERS SHALL PROPHESY, AND YOUR YOUNG MEN SHALL SEE VISIONS, AND YOUR OLD MEN SHALL DREAM DREAMS; EVEN ON MY SERVANTS, BOTH MEN AND WOMEN, I WILL IN THOSE DAYS POUR FORTH OF MY SPIRIT AND THEY SHALL PROPHESY.”‘ (Acts 2:17-18) The beginning of the last days prophesied by (Joel 2:28-9) had arrived.

“I WILL DISPLAY WONDERS IN THE SKY ABOVE AND SIGNS ON THE EARTH BELOW, BLOOD, AND FIRE, AND VAPOR OF SMOKE. THE SUN WILL BE TURNED INTO DARKNESS AND THE MOON INTO BLOOD, BEFORE THE GREAT AND GLORIOUS DAY OF THE LORD SHALL COME. AND IT SHALL BE THAT EVERYONE WHO CALLS ON THE NAME OF THE LORD SHALL BE SAVED.” (Acts 2:19-21) The end of the last days is described. (Joel 2:30-32) We are somewhere in-between.

What happened? God promised to “pour forth My Spirit. “Even on My servants.”  Perhaps we have not responded to the message of a crucified and resurrected savior as they did. “They were pierced to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’ (Acts 2:37)

 Peter’s answer was simple and clear. “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off, as many as the Lord our God will call to Himself.” (Acts 2:38-39)

God has called us to Himself, but do we bear the fruit of repentance witnessed in the lives of those who were saved? They were one in Spirit. Providing for the needs of others was of more importance than clinging to their possessions. They were of one mind enjoying the company of each with gladness and sincerity of heart. When they openly praised God He added to their numbers daily. Does that sound like your local body, or mine? If not, let us  examine the kind of servant we have been in the household of God. And may the grace of God enable us to be servants worthy of His call.