“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3:2
When John the Baptist came to God’s people as a prophet before Jesus started his public ministry, he compelled the people to prepare themselves for Jesus’ arrival – to clear the path for his entry into their lives and world – by repenting. To repent goes beyond making an apology or even a confession for wrong we have done, but is a change of mind and heart that results in changed actions. It is not only to acknowledge our sin, but to turn away from it, back to the path of God’s will.
John later instructed the religious elite of his day to “produce fruit in keeping with repentance”. To truly repent is not just to speak words or perform rituals of religious significance, but to surrender our desires to God’s. It is to invite his Spirit to give us the grace and power to make real change – and clear the way for his kingdom to come.
Set aside 10 minutes today to pray.
- Confess – invite God to bring to mind ways you have allowed your desires to lead you
astray from his will.
- Repent – choose in your heart to change, submitting your will to God’s, and invite him to
give you the power to do so.
- Celebrate – 1 John 1:9 assures us with confidence that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
Talk to, text, or call another follower of Jesus today. Share how you have been experiencing God during First Seek, and ask them about their experience.