Acts 2:36-41—…let everyone in Israel know for certain that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, to be both Lord and Messiah!” 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. This promise is to you, and to your children, and even to the Gentiles—all who have been called by the Lord our God.” Then Peter continued preaching for a long time, strongly urging all his listeners, “Save yourselves from this crooked generation!” Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church that day—about 3,000 in all.
As kids, many of us went to Sunday School. We would sit in a classroom and learn Bible stories. As adults, many are still just sitting and listening instead of taking what they learn on Sundays and entering Monday School.
It is a great thing to learn about God every Sunday. But, if we don’t take that knowledge and put it to use every day of the week, we won’t move to where God wants us to be. We’ll just stay where we already are instead of reaching our full potential.
Peter knew this. He spent years watching and learning from Jesus. After Jesus ascended into heaven, it was the disciples’ responsibility to start spreading His message throughout the Earth. Thousands of people heard the Good News because of Peter getting up and using what he had learned.
Monday School is where real life happens. It is when we get involved—and stay involved—that we learn how to do life with Jesus. The training ground for us to reach our potential is Monday through Friday, when conflicts arise and obstacles occur. When we open ourselves up and surrender our lives to God, He will put us in situations where we can use what we’ve learned from Him to grow and develop.
Those of us who are Christians have the Holy Spirit in us. He is a powerful force, but not an overpowering force in us. We have to choose to take the instructions we’ve been given from God and, like Peter, learn how to do ministry by actually doing it, not just talking about it. So get up, get out, and get involved!
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