Responding to The Call to Repentance

Daily God Walk for Saturday, July 2, 2011

 Now I am happy, not because you were made sorry, but because your sorrow led you to repentance… Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret.  – 2 Corinthians 7:9-10

 There are only two groups of people who need to repent. Those who have never repented and those who need to repent again. In this passage Paul is referring to a previous letter he had written that had caused some sorrow among the church. He is telling them that the sorrow they had experienced was a good thing because it led them to repentance.

The kingdom of God to which Jesus referred as being near is not only near but is present on earth today. Those of us who are believers in Jesus as the Christ live in the kingdom, however, the benefits of being in the kingdom are available to us in direct proportion to the degree we are dominated by this world system.

What I mean by that is you can’t be free in the kingdom of God while you are still serving this world system. Jesus told us, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other” (Matthew 6:24).

I’m afraid some folks who call themselves “Christian,” and who still live according to this world system, have been deceived into believing that just reciting a magic prayer formula ushers them into the kingdom of God.

Becoming a Christian is not just a wise choice based upon rational thought. It is hearing the message of the grace of God, being convicted of the sin in our life, having godly sorrow for our sin, confessing our sin to Jesus and inviting him into our heart freeing us from the bondage of sin.

That kind of repentance leads us into the kingdom of God and releases all of the benefits of the kingdom to us. I’ve been serving God for over half a century and I still find myself in need of a time of repentance. You probably have the same need.

 Prayer: Lord, give me a godly sorrow for my sins. Amen.

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