Today, as Saint Matthew’s sends out another mission team, I am struck by one particular instance in today’s passage, and that is the instance of movement.
In the preceding section of Acts Luke speaks of the promise of salvation so thoroughly and wonderfully that we are told that three thousand people, in that day alone, came to Christ. Luke writes, “they were cut to the heart;” as a physician, and the apostle most known for his factual accounts of Jesus’ story, for him to use such words he is, truly, portraying a powerful emotion.
Sadly, I must say that it has been a while since I have been so touched by feeling that I moved in such a way as any of these 3,000. Those who became Christians underwent huge lifestyle changes, and things were, conceivably, never the same for them; this, of course, leads me to my questions which, though somewhat rhetorical, I feel are worth individual thought:
When did I last feel so affected by Christ that I literally changed my life for Christ?
Have I not heard that call because I am unwilling to answer it should it come?
How can I change my life in small ways that will make an impact for God?
This last question is a question that I personally would focus on. In today’s society it is hard to make any overly drastic change in lifestyle, especially where we live; but it is easy to change small things. Mother Teresa is famous for having said, “We can do no great things, only small things with great love,” and it is this logic behind the last question. If, indeed, we cannot do great things ourselves, then small things are the next best, as long as they are completed with the love of Christ. Along with this thought is that of Gandhi, “You must be the change you want to see in the world.” Imagine if each of us changed one small thing, if we all did one thing with great love and devotion, and then pointed that thing towards God. How awe inspiring would that outcome be?
So, I urge us all to set aside a brief time to do something passionately for God every day, knowing that we are moving because we, too, have been cut through to the heart.