“What Shall We Do?”
“Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?’” Acts 2:37. This question comes up in various forms throughout the book of Acts. When someone hears the gospel, God’s deep love for them in sending His Son to die on a cross for their sins and raising Him from the dead for their resurrection and hope of heaven one day and cut to the heart as well, then they want to know what to do about their lost state with God. Often times, though, we push the solution before the ones we are studying with are convinced of the problem. Without the conviction in their hearts, they may just be “getting wet” instead of true baptism and then they will drift back into sin and away from the Lord’s church to which God has added them. When Paul said he didn’t come to baptize but to preach the gospel, he was railing against those who insisted on a form of obedience but not its power. The form is im-portant as the rest of Acts illustrates, but the focus of 1st century Christians, and so ours, must be on hearts that are cut because of the gospel so we then can tell them what they must do. Has the gospel cut your heart?