37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.” 40 With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, “Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.” 41 Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day.
I remember my Dad once told me “People often need a crisis before the realise they need Jesus.” The crowd that Peter was talking to in this passage had a crisis. They had crucified God’s Messiah, Jesus! Their response was “what shall we do?”
This passage really highlights “end-game” evangelism. “End-game” is a term used in American Football to describe the completion of the game. This passage illustrates finishing well, helping people become Christians, true believers.
So often if someone comes to me and they are in a crisis or even newly aware of their sin and they ask me “what should I do?” I say….”um….arr….I’m not sure….”
Peter didn’t have that problem. Inspired by the Holy Spirit he didn’t waste a second. He said to those in crisis…
“Repent, be baptised, receive the Holy Spirit!”
Even after Peter had said this he kept pleading with them to turn to Jesus and warning them. The result was 3000 people who were in crisis decided to follow Jesus that day. Peter had a great “end-game”. For the sake of those around me, so must I.
Lord, please help me to strengthen my convictions. Please infuse my words with the Holy Spirit’s power and help me always be ready to share all of the gospel. For all those who are struggling with a crisis that I cross paths with – help me to turn them to You. With You, they will receive forgiveness and salvation.
Written by Boudy van Noppen