“So those who received his word were baptized, and there were added that day about three thousand souls.” Acts [2:41]
The day of Pentecost must have been an amazing event to witness. The closest thing I have ever witnessed was the invitation time at the Billy Graham Crusade in the summer of 2001. After preaching the Gospel, Rev. Graham invited people to respond. I was so moved watching hundreds of people all over the stadium begin moving toward the stage because they wanted to give their lives to Jesus.
The Gospel is power— “…the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Romans [1:16]). The Gospel has the power to change and transform our lives. On the day of Pentecost, over three thousand people heard the Gospel and believed. That is amazing! But have you ever wondered about the thousands of other people there that day that heard the message but did not believe? They heard the truth of Jesus preached in the power of the Holy Spirit, yet didn’t believe.
There is a difference between hearing and listening. Someone once said, “hearing is through the ears, but listening is through the heart and mind”. The Gospel seems foolish to those that only hear it with their ears (1 Corinthians [1:18]). But when Jesus opens the heart and mind of a person and they listen to the Gospel and believe in the message, their lives are miraculously transformed. To the person that hears and believes in Jesus, Jesus becomes the most precious gift in the world.
Have you heard and believed in Jesus? If not, then today, call on the name of the Lord Jesus and be saved (Romans [10:13]).
Jesus, thank You for the gift of salvation. Help me today to hear Your voice and obey. Amen.
For Further Reading
2 Peter 1:3-11