04.23.21

April 23, 2021
by: Gabriel Tseng
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
 
Peter’s very offensive sermon, if you had heard it or read it, this is your stereotypical “fire and brimstone” type of sermon. I would feel incredibly offended being told that it was I, who but we now as believers don’t shy away from such a confrontation. 
 
I can imagine it being challenging for Peter to preach this sermon and difficult for the crowd to hear it. In my heart secretly, because I’m too polite sometimes to say outlandish things out loud, I would be thinking, “Who are you to be telling us? Aren’t you the one who denied Jesus? Aren’t you the one who hid away in fear and shame when He was crucified? Aren’t you the loud mouth disciple who had no faith? Don’t tell me what to do!”  
 
And once I could get past my own defensive cynical attitude and I could hear his words, echoing the very words that it was my sin that kept Jesus on that cross and being cut to the heart, I would surely ask the same question, “What shall I do?” 
 
Is it no wonder that the most broken and humbled people, like Peter the denier, Moses the angry murderer, David the adulterer, Rahab the prostitute, Paul the persecutor and murderer of Christians, somehow were chosen by God, for their unique talents sure, but also their great sinfulness, so that that God’s power could be shown in their weakness. It’s a process that God uses time and time again, to take broken and humble things, and to exalt them, to show the power of God working. 
 
A.W. Tozer said, “God cannot use a man or a woman greatly until He wounds them deeply.” God’s wisdom is echoed in Proverbs 26:7 in which “the wounds of a friend can be trusted.” 
 
Our pursuit of God, our daily walking with Him is not portraying ourselves as perfect, but rather the displaying of His perfecting grace in our transformed lives, of murderers and adulterers been redeemed, of cowards made courageous, and rebellious sinners turned humble evangelists. We are of an “upside down” Kingdom, living in a foreign land, longing for home, in which humility and meekness are the greatest currency and in which it is abundantly given to those who need it and who desire it. 
 

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