37 Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
I just couldn't leave Acts chapter 2 yet! You NEED to go read the whole thing today! Peter unashamedly preaches the gospel of the resurrected Christ. He lays blame for his crucifixion on this people. He denounces any power that many might credit to their lineage; all power belongs to God. Peter didn't preach an "easy-believism" sermonette. He downplayed that in which so many had trusted. He proclaimed a risen Savior. He bore witness of that which Jesus had done.
"Now when they heard THIS, they were pricked in their heart..."
Friends, I don't have a long or super deep thought to give you today. I have no hidden gem or buried truth to present. I see in this scripture a simplistic thought that challenges my heart: The message of Christ still changes hearts. It wasn't a self-help podcast that made the difference. It wasn't a fluffy, feel-good talk delivered by a social media personality. It was simply the gospel.
The Spirit did the work and pricked their hearts. The question arises, as a result of what they've heard and felt, "what do we have to do?" The answer was simple and at the birth of the local New Testament church, the world would forever be altered.
If it's that simple, why do we make it so hard? Why have we limited our witness to the walls of a church building? Why are we scared that we won't know what to say? What is limiting us from telling the world this good news? THIS is what we need to be telling everyone! If someone can predict his own death and resurrection then actually pull it off, I'm going to believe whatever he says.
Then, to see how my heart has been stirred toward the repentance that has changed the trajectory of my downward spiraling life makes me all the more willing to tell anyone within earshot. JESUS STILL SAVES! There's a world out there waiting to hear what you have to say. Don't limit the power of the gospel. And surely don't put a limitation on the word of your testimony. #WeAreLimitless