“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
Ten Words Worth Repeating
(Please read 2 Corinthians 13:5)
After being unconscious in a hospital for two weeks, a Christian man awoke and immediately asked his nurse two questions: “Where am I?” and “How do I get out of here?”
Many of us, probably, have asked similar questions when we thought we were lost on the road somewhere because we didn’t know the right directions or didn’t follow them carefully. We usually have followed with something like, “How do I get there from here?”
Similar experiences can happen in school, not with directions to some elusive address, but how to take the necessary steps to solve a certain problem or provide the answer to some other classroom exercise. In those cases “getting there from here” may require erasing wrong approaches and retracing some steps.
On that Pentecost when the church began, Peter’s listeners seemed to be asking about the same questions. The people were “cut to the heart,” indicating that they had inquired of themselves, “Where am I?” and were not pleased with the answer. So they asked how to get out of their present condition: “Brothers, what shall we do?” Hearing the gospel preached caused that reaction, and it will still do that. Peter told them what they must do (how to get there from here), and 3000 of them acted on his answer.
The questioning continues after people become Christians. Paul wrote, in our text, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves” (NIV). We need to keep asking ourselves, “Where am I?” (“How am I doing”) Giving ourselves honest answers to that question will surely help us “get There from here.”