“When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”
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. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”
Here we have a crowd who have just been told that they have missed the Messiah that most of them had been hoping for all of their lives. In what is probably one of the greatest sermons of all time, Peter has convicted the crowd of their need for a saviour, and as many signs and wonders are done by the apostles, the crowd asks what they should do. In short, they are told “come to Christ”. Their current ways of life are not sufficient to attain salvation. Only coming to Christ can assure them of life now, and in the age to come.
How many times have any of us wondered “what must I do to be saved”? Perhaps circumstances press in on us in ways which seem like they will never improve. Perhaps we are sick, or in danger, or afraid, or even ashamed. What must we do? Turn around, stop walking away from Jesus and walk towards Him. Ask Him, and those Christians we know and trust, how we can direct our lives towards Him. Ask Him for the strength, day by day, to renew our courage to do so, and walk towards Him. And then, we are told, and the evidence of history suggests, we will be given the gift of the Holy Spirit to seal and sustain us for this Earthly life.
Wherever you find yourself today, make the decision to turn to Christ. Let Him love you, cherish you and walk with you.