With many other words Peter warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.

-Matthew 2:40-41

What must we do to be saved? That was the question of the crowds upon hearing the disciples speak in many languages about the death and resurrection of Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.  Peter answered, “Repent, and be baptized, every one of you.”  They received the message of God, repented, and joined the disciples in baptism.  What a powerful church service!!!

Can you remember a time in your life when the saving message of Jesus Christ took hold of your heart?  How did you respond?  How were you changed by that experience?  The reason people’s hearts were moved was because the disciples left the upper room and shared the gift of tongues with the people gathered in Jerusalem.  If they had simply stayed there, behind closed doors, the message would never have been shared and received.  God may not give us the gift of tongues, but God certainly gives us opportunities to share our story of faith.  Will we be bold enough to speak out and give testimony?  Or will we keep our faith locked up in our hearts?

This week, I encourage you to share your story of how God changed your heart.  Who shared the love of Jesus with you?  What did it feel like to know that you are truly, completely, forgiven and loved?  If you have not yet had this experience, ask someone to share their story with you.  

Almighty God, you poured your Spirit upon gathered disciples creating bold tongues, open ears, and a new community of faith.  We confess that we hold back the force of your Spirit among us. We do not listen for your word of grace, speak the good news of your love, or live as a people made one in Christ. Have mercy on us, O God. Transform our timid lives by the power of your Spirit, and fill us with a flaming desire to be your faithful people, doing your will for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

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