“When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, ‘Brothers, what shall we do?'” Acts 2:37.
The question, “What must I do?” is asked many times in the New Testament by those who are truly convicted by God and desperate to be right with Him. The answer varies depending on where the person is, but it all refers to the process of obeying the gospel.
- When the rich ruler of Luke 18 asks, Jesus’s answer of “sell everything you have and give to the poor” addresses the man’s need for repentance.
- The Roman centurion in Philippi, who hadn’t ever heard of Jesus, had seen the love of Paul and Silas while they were in his prison, but when he asks the question, belief that Jesus is the Christ is his need.
- For the Jews gathered at Pentecost, who were expecting the Messiah and had just heard Jesus proclaimed as so, their answer was to “repent and be baptized, every one of [them], in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of [their] sins.”
If you’ve not yet obeyed the gospel and are cut to the heart, where are you in the process when you ask this question?