Scripture: Acts 2:37-47
Key verses: (38-40) Repent…the promise is for you, for your children, for all who are far away…Save yourselves from this corrupt generation.
Reflection: You have probably heard the definition of insanity. “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”
Often, it seems to me, we are people caught up in a lifestyle that is literally killing us. It is a lifestyle focused on achievement, success, and avoidance of failure at any cost. Buying into this lifestyle we discover in our careers it is all up to us to make it. With our children it is all up to us to make sure they make it. Even in our play, it is all up to us to make sure we are having fun or winning at the sport we have chosen to prove, in part, that we are making it. It is a lifestyle that insidiously proclaims to us, “It is all up to you. You are the lord of your life.” I wonder if this is our equivalent of the “corrupt generation” from which Peter urges his listeners to save themselves.
Peter testifies that a whole new social order has already begun, an order in which the only Lord is “this Jesus whom you crucified,” this now-risen Jesus whom “God has made both Lord and Messiah.” “Repent,” he says.
Repent. It is a word from which we often shy away. All it means is, “Turn around and go, live, in a different direction.” In vs. 42-47 we get a glimpse of what life lived in a different direction looks like. It is life in community, life shared, life, if you will, in the Beloved Community, breaking bread together at the Banquet Feast in the Kingdom of God.
Being lords of our own lives is wearing us out. Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. So what about repenting — turning around, living in a different direction, entrusting ourselves to the only One who is indeed Lord — Jesus, the Crucified One whom God has now made Lord and Messiah?
Prayer: Holy God, this day, even if only in a tentative way, give us the courage to turn around from being lords of our own lives and to trust that indeed you reign over all life, including our life, in Jesus whom you have made Lord and Messiah. We pray in his name. Amen.
Author: Pete Peery
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].