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An enlightening passage of scripture that illustrates the proper relationship to God can be found in Deut. 6:4-5 and further stated by Jesus in Mark 12:28-30.
4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
5 And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
28 And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? 29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:
30 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.
These passages speak of having a lifestyle that is committed to loving God holistically. That lifestyle is centered in the Oneness of God and living out that revelation in completeness. Not only should one celebrate that life, but they should also commit themselves to following and proclaiming that life.
God calls individuals to know Him and to proclaim His message. Prior to his ascension, Jesus instructed his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received power from on high (Luke 24:47-49).
The book of Acts records the disciples following and proclaiming the divine instructions of Jesus (Acts chapters 2,8,10, & 19). They confidently proclaimed a New Birth message (John 3:5; 1 Cor. 15:1-4). That message demands a human response.
When Peter preached in Acts 2, his comments drew them to ask the deliberative subjunctive, “What shall we do?”
The answer couldn’t have been clearer, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”