Repentance

Jon Brown

READ : Acts 2:37-42

Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ . . .” (v. 38)

The first of Martin Luther’s famous Ninety-five Theses, pounded on the doors of a church in Wittenberg, Germany—that surprisingly ignited a church revolution now called the Reformation—went like this: “When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said ‘Repent,’ He called for the entire life of believers to be one of repentance.” Repentance is not meant to be something that happens once at a person’s conversion, but is meant to mark the whole life of a believer. We are continually called to “change our minds” and redirect our lives towards Christ and his kingdom. Sometimes that repentance is dramatic, sometimes it is subtler, but it is always necessary. If it has been a while since you repented, something may be amiss in your life.

Take some time today to ask yourself and consider, “Are there things in my life God is asking me to turn away from in order to turn towards Christ and the kingdom?” Is it a behavior that needs redirection? Is it a mind-set that needs to be changed? When the Spirit descended and Peter preached, the people responded, “What shall we do?” Peter urged them to do what we are all asked to do, “Repent.” Change your mind-set and go a different way.

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, open our eyes to see what must be changed and our hearts to do it. Amen.