From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
I am convinced that the repentance is among the most awesome gifts any man or woman will ever receive. That is because repentance is synonymous with salvation. We must be born again to be saved, and we must repent to be born again! Repentance is the unfathomably rich and gracious opportunity to see and receive the Kingdom of God. What is the Kingdom of God? It is the new life and perspective God gives us when we believe the Gospel of Jesus Christ and receive His Holy Spirit. Life in God's Kingdom dictates an ever-changing, ever-advancing viewpoint on all things, and we receive that viewpoint when repent and turn to the Lord. As we open our hearts to worship Him in spirit and truth, we experience remarkable changes as the power of God invades every facet of our being, and we gladly offer ourselves a living sacrifice for Him to employ as He wills! It is an exciting journey, and that life is ours, if only we will REPENT!
Repentance is a spiritual concept, far above anything humanistic or behavioral. It is not the effort to be a better person, nor is it being sorry for our sins. Repentance is a spiritual activity, and it is a gift that is only available to God's children, because its purpose is to change us and bring us face-to-face with our Father. It requires a relationship with God in Christ, and without that relationship, repentance is not possible. Unbelievers may be sincerely sorry and remorseful over their deeds, but they are not able to repent, because they do not have a God to turn to. Therefore, we who believe must be sure not to fall short of this truth, or to substitute our own efforts or goodness for true repentance. Some would rather reimagine, rebuild, refresh, renew, refocus, recalibrate, re-engage, and all manner of activity; but Jesus said, "Repent . . . ," and that we must do. Only then will we see the Kingdom. Only then will we see the King.
Let's Pray - Father, thank You for the gift of repentance. I do not want any sin to stand between You and me, so search me that I might humble myself in Your sight and turn to You again. Thank you, Father. In Jesus' name, amen.