Thoughts from today’s reading of Acts 2…
37 Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?”
I’m not sure if you’ve ever felt this way, but Peter’s speech has always wowed me. Actually, it’s not the speech itself, but the dramatic transformation of Peter himself that has. How could this person whom Jesus “called Satan” not too long ago and impulsively chopped off someone’s ear be the same Peter who just opened his mouth (and for the first time not put his foot into it!) and 3000 people gave their lives to Christ?! Without taking anything away from his speech – which is truly amazing, I can’t help but be stunned by the person that he had become. And it happened, literally, in a matter of moments! That’s power of the Holy Spirit—in the transformation of Peter’s life and the piercing of the hearts of the 3000. But before the piercing of the 3000, there was the piercing of the few.
I remember someone saying (it’s either Rob Reimer or Mike Plunket – sorry guys! Anyway, they’re both amazing people!) that we will only know that we are filled with the Spirit of God when there’s an overflow of His Spirit through our lives. That makes sense doesn’t it? I can’t imagine God filling us with His Spirit – even to the very edge of our hearts, only to have it CONTAINED within us! And maybe that’s why so many of us struggle to experience such a filling of His Spirit - because we’re not looking for the overflow, nor are we looking to be pierced ourselves. It was never simply Peter’s words that pierced the hearts of the 3000. It was the piercing of his own heart and the dramatic transformation of his and the other disciples’ lives as part of the OVERFLOW of God’s Spirit demonstrated through the signs and wonders, the tongues of fire, the speaking in different languages that did. This opens up the possibility of Heaven invading earth through any one of us who are willing to be pierced as Jesus was pierced – and not just for the leaders of faith. The overflow of His Spirit goes hand in hand with the piercing of hearts – starting with ours. #desiringGod2017