“Now when they heard this they were stung to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do?” Acts 2:37 Amplified
We continue looking at the first church, Peter has just given his first sermon to the crowd of Jews gathered together. He quotes the Psalms to them, the prophecies given by David. He also accuses them of being the killers of Jesus the Messiah. Their response? “What shall we do?” Peter answered them, “Repent, change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38, he gave them the plan of salvation.
The first step in getting right with God is to repent, Jesus said that Himself many times. The one that sticks out for me is when He told the woman caught in adultery who was about to be stoned. After her accusers walked away He told her, “neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” We live in a fallen world and even when we ask our Lord to forgive us, the temptation to sin still exists, but it’s the next part that Peter told these Jews that is the key. Change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it. Once we bow to Jesus as Savior, we must look to Him as Lord from that point forward. We must view our lives through the lens of What Would Jesus Do, WWJD. That is the will of God. Before we accepted Jesus as Savior we ran our own life and in the process often if not always rejected what God said was best.
Finally, our inner self is that part of you that no one else knows. All the conversations you have with your self over all the issues in your life. The decisions you make, directions you go in, things you do. If you will bring God into those conversations and ask Him to be a part of all you do then you will be in the will of God. Then you will know true peace and joy.