Funny how words seem to have seasons and go in and out of style just like fashion. When a word or phrase is no longer fashionable, nor politically correct, we discard it for a while, maybe forever.
During these days before Easter, it would be good to pull up some of those words again. Words that have become cliché or seemingly old-fashioned to us. Words that might pave the way for us Giving IN to God. Remember, anyone can give something up. I myself, did that as a child, without any true spirituality behind it. But, it takes a woman of the heart, to Give In to God, all in, all of herself, as a fast of this season.
One word for today is: Repent.
Please don’t roll your eyes as you envision people with Hell and Damnation signs yelling at people in the town square. That vision of the word repent has led some of us to ignore the word, it’s meaning and the beauty of what it promises.
Repent is a word rich with meaning and the promise of change.
We all need this word. We blow it. All of us.
Repent means to turn away from wrong, make a U-turn, confess our sins, own up to our part in a matter. Repent is about turning to God not running to people to help us get out of our messes.
Here’s a scene straight from the book of Acts:
Here we see Peter and John being part of a miraculous healing of a paralyzed man. The people were surprised when they witnessed the miracle. Peter reminded them that this kind of miracle only comes from faith in Christ:
“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” Acts 3:16
The risen Christ is who healed this man, not them. It was a mind blowing experience for them all to witness. Peter goes on to remind them that they previously disowned the Holy One. Still God carried out His plan. Christ suffered, died and was raised from the dead. This same Christ, whom they mocked, now healed this lame man! They clearly missed it. In not believing Jesus they blew it. What next?
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” Acts 3:19
When we’ve blown it, what next?
Is there a relationship or situation in your life where you missed the mark or acted in ignorance? Have you hurt someone, gossiped, or even stretched the truth into a lie? Have you made assumptions that might not have any truth to them and repeated them as the truth? Is ugliness of heart keeping you from beauty of spirit?
- One word : Repent
- One action: Turn to God
- Two Promises: You sins will be wiped clean and times of refreshing will come from the Lord
When we give IN to God, turning to Him, He touches us, cleanses us, refreshes us in ways we can not fully comprehend. Today, may we focus again on giving in to faith, giving ourselves to God, looking at how we are living.
Is our life honoring? Are our relationships loving? Are we seeking understanding and another’s best? One thing for sure, God loves us all and He calls us to turn from anything that has caused us to miss the mark. His love is inviting us into that beautiful word, repentance, today. Without repentance there is no redemption. And, redemption is what Easter is all about. Think about that today and so will I.
Because He is Kind,