Thursday, June 16, 2005

Acts 2:22-36

Today’s reading continues Peter’s speech on the day of Pentecost. “Let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah,” Peter says.

On one level, that is such a simple statement—a historical declaration about what happened at a certain place and time. But on another level, it is such a powerful reminder of the basic template of life meant for all people at all times:

In the midst of our inclination to the sinfulness which marks the lives of even the most holy amongst us—know this, that Jesus is Lord and Savior.

Because you see, when we indulge that inclination to sinfulness we are not living like Jesus is Lord and Savior. We are living like there is a different law operating in the universe—that we can somehow escape the consequences of sin, and perhaps even benefit from it.
Be assured, Peter says, no matter how it seems in the moment, that is not the case. Jesus is Lord and Savior. I don’t know about you, but I need to be reminded of that.

As I write this, I am at a conference with thousands of other Christians. We come for a lot of different reasons, but most of all I think we come to proclaim with Peter to all who will listen, “Jesus is Lord and Savior.”

And the thing is, because we want to do this with all our might; with all that is within us; with “empty pockets” (nothing held back) it makes me realize how often I fail to do this. How very often I don’t really live like Jesus is Lord and Savior. It breaks my heart.

Be assured, Jesus says, that I am Lord and Savior. Have that assurance—read “firm, unwavering conviction”—and it can’t help but change your life.

Lord, change my life. As you have so many times before, do so again today. Right here. Right now. Help me love you more, serve you more faithfully, and worship you more wholeheartedly.

Amen.

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