8 So produce fruit that is consistent with repentance [demonstrating new behavior that proves a change of heart, and a conscious decision to turn away from sin];
Over the last couple of weeks we have been speaking about the importance of allowing the Holy Spirit to deal with the hidden sins that find themselves deeply embedded in our lives. This was followed by our willingness to submit to the Lord first, then to leaders and finally to one another, and follow instructions.
We then went on to say that submission, which is linked to instruction, will lead us towards the vision and the goals the Lord may have for us – writing down that which the Lord drops into our spirits. We concluded by looking at the fact that we may find ourselves having to make a U-turn over the course of our lives to ensure we get back to the main plans the Lord has for our lives.
Continuing from here, we now look at one of the most important U-turns that help us stay the course of our journey with the Lord. I’m of course talking about the importance of living a life of repentance.
Repentance is not something one does once off and then goes on to live an entire lifetime of never sinning again. It is something we need to do on a daily basis. I think if it were as simple as coming to the Lord and repenting one time only, we would have a world that would look vastly different to the one we have today. It is in looking at our world today that we realise that it is something that has to be a daily practice.
Now I should give a word of warning here, as we often run into many who think that they can live the life they want to and then simply ask the Lord to forgive them the next day. This is not how true repentance works and it is something we should strongly look at in order to keep our journey with the Lord as uncomplicated as possible.
But before we do so, one has to realise that every day will have it set of challenges and it is in those challenges that we make our mistakes. These challenges are not there to break us, but to refine us – displaying those little foxes that still run rampant in our lives. It is when these little foxes reveal themselves that we see what it is we need to work on in order to become more Christ like. Here is where repentance becomes a daily practice.
While we all wish to be perfect, the simple truth is that we are far from it. The only day we will fully step into that perfection is the day the Lord comes to fetch His own. It’s on that day that we will no longer be subject to sin that finds itself deeply entwined in this world of ours.
My friend, this is the life we are called to… to daily come before the Lord and ask Him to forgive us from the previous day’s mistakes and let downs. None of us desire to let the Lord down and so we continue doing our best.
But for those moments where we do fail, we come back ever morning and we repent and then go and try again to do our best.
Heavenly Father. Thank you that I get to come before You each day, having the ability to repent of yesterday. Refine my life as one would refine gold and help me to become more like Christ. Forgive me for yesterday’s mistakes. I pray this all in Jesus name. Amen