Peter’s words pierced their hearts, and they said to him and to the other apostles, “Brothers, what should we do?” Peter replied, “Each of you must repent of your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2: 37-38
My family heard a message on Lordship yesterday. Most of the verses were very familiar; however, his comment of “Jesus is not a tack on to your life” made me profoundly chuckle. It was a moment in which there was definite humor, but a seriousness to his statement. Is Jesus a tack on, or is He Lord?
After reading the verse above as a group he explained the piercing of the heart was the work of the Holy Spirit who lays our soul bare – exposed so that Jesus can heal and be Lord of our lives. No preacher, church membership, good works can pierce your heart in this way, only the work of the Spirit who invites you to come and be loved by the One who created you. It’s not so much an emotional response, although some have felt this overwhelming release and belonging, but a resolved intentional change to accept His love and Lordship.
When I researched the Greek meaning of pierced heart: to prick, pierce; metaphorically, to pain the mind sharply, agitate it vehemently: used especially of the emotion of sorrow
We discussed three sentence stems that keep us from this Lordship:
1. I want
2. I feel
3. I need
So if my heart is pierced by the love of Jesus and the Holy Spirit, then perhaps there are points in which our minds are sharply, painfully challenged in this world. The world says to do this and I feel, I want, I need ______________, yet I choose to ask myself what would Jesus want for me? What does His Word say about it? That’s Lordship. When we allow every part of our lives to be under the love of Jesus and His Word.
I thought of the word sorrow in relation to the greek meaning of piercing. It’s not a guilt sorrow, but a sorrow filled with unexpected joy and peace of a love so powerful you feel consumed.
Overwhelmed! Captured! Pierced!