We are currently in a series called “Keep Calm & Carry On.” Our staff is blogging everyday at pointchurch.com/blog. Here is my most recent post, enjoy!
S FOR SCRIPTURE:
“Peter said to them, ‘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
O FOR OBSERVATION:
Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit… Everyone.
I love the series of events happening in these two verses, which culminate with the promised gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the Lord dwelling inside of us.
Repent is the first response, turning from our ways and turning towards the Lord. It is a heart change and a redirection of our lives.
Baptism follows repentance. How beautiful is it that we choose to follow the Lord? How beautiful is it that we are not forced to follow the Lord but it is a choice in each one of our lives. Baptism is an outward sign of an inward faith. We are professing and confessing that Christ is Lord, which means we off surrendering every single part of our lives to Him.
Baptism, that first step of getting in the water, only happens once. The act of repentance and surrendering my life to the Lord happens over and over again, day after day, mistake after mistake.
I receive the Holy Spirit then I have the choice whether or not I want to listen.
These are all hard things: to constantly come back to the Lord, to be humbled, to admit that I fail short on my own, and that I need a savior. I was never meant to save myself; God died for me so that I didn’t have to.
A FOR APPLICATION:
Our response to repentance is either baptism and surrender, both of which lead to life change.
I was baptized my senior year of high school but I have the honor of sharing the life changing good news of the gospel every single day with students and those far from the Lord. So, my application of these verses is to never forget that I need to repent and respond to sin every single day. The Lord has always been working in my life, guiding me and pointing me to something bigger than myself.
P FOR PRAYER:
Lord I pray that you continue to guide me into your presence, that there is opportunity after opportunity for me to learn. Lord give me opportunities to share this Good News with others.