When the disciples spoke of Jesus with the power of the Holy Spirit things happened:

Cut to the quick, those who were there listening asked Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers! Brothers! So now what do we do?” Peter said, “Change your life. Turn to God and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, so your sins are forgiven. Receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is targeted to you and your children, but also to all who are far away—whomever, in fact, our Master God invites.” Acts 2:37-39 (The Message)

I hope there has been a time for you when you have been convicted of the need to give your life to Christ. I hope that, if not, you will follow the example of those listenting to Peter and ask the question, ‘… So what to do now?’ If we have recently heard the good news of Jesus Christ, may be we have even heard it before many times, but if we have recently heard it and been excited by the possibility of a fresh start, a new beginning, a clean slate, then there are a couple of things we need to do.

Firstly, we need to turn to God. This means taking time to find out  what God wants of us through reading the New Testament and praying (with praise and seeking an experience of God). Secondly we must believe the good news is for us and make a commitment (as soon as we feel able to do so in good conscience). This may mean baptism and a confession of faith that God has forgiven our sins through Jesus. Receiving the Holy Spirit (which will be clear when we experience the closeness of God) means that our lives change and that we make  a commitment to follow God fully and bring our family up in the faith of Christ.

It isn’t rocket science, it is quite simple to do, but it takes us to experience the glue of God’s presence in his Holy Spirit to make it stick. You may have been going to church for years or trying to be as good as you can so that God will accept you. The only acceptance God has of people is through faith and following his Son. May be we should take this as the answer to the question we ask “… what should we do now?”

Holy God, I come to you through Jesus your Son and seek you. Let my path today lead me on in your will as I commit my life to you through him. Amen.

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