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What shall we do?

What shall we do? (Acts 2:37)

What happens to you when you hear a typical sermon at services?

On the one hand, you might get fired up. In your excitement, you make a big gesture like signing up for a new program at church, or you promise yourself that you will pray one hour every day. But you can’t sustain the commitment. Your enthusiasm fades over time.

On the other hand, you might walk away thinking, “That was a good sermon” or “That was an interesting point,” but forget about it before the day is over. That kind of response can certainly cool off any inspiration you might have experienced.

How can you get beyond these “too hot” and “too cold” reactions to respond in a way that’s “just right”? Start small. Try focusing on just one takeaway point. You don’t have to digest every reading plus the entire sermon. Just find one statement—or even one word—that resonates with you, and hold onto it.

In Acts 2, we see this principle played out. There was a lot going on that morning. Not only was it the Jewish feast of Pentecost, but the Holy Spirit was working many signs and wonders through the apostles. Then came Peter’s long, excited proclamation of the gospel. It was an inspiring message, to be sure, but it was also a lot to digest.

When the people finally got a chance to catch their breath, they asked, “What shall we do” with all that we are seeing and hearing? (Acts 2:37). And Peter responded by giving them one simple action step: “Repent and be baptized” (2:38). That’s all they needed. They didn’t have to grasp every theological point he was making. They didn’t have to scrutinize every line of his logic. They didn’t have to analyze the rushing wind and tongues of flame. They just had to accept God’s invitation.

The same Holy Spirit that was at work that day is alive and working in your life today. So when you hear the Scriptures or when you listen to a sermon, expect the Spirit to move you, too. Don’t leave worship services or your prayer without an action step. Take one point with you as you move into your day, and watch how the Lord uses it to speak to your heart.

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