Message Magazine’s Online Devotional for Sunday, July 9, 2017
This is devotional thought number 17 in our devotional series, “Essentials of Faith.” Our subject is: Repentance and Confession.
Here’s the question for consideration: Since I am a sinner, am I supposed to repent?
“But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Luke 5:30–32).
Help Needed Now
If I said that all sinners need to repent, that would be too obvious. Let’s go a tad deeper, shall we?
Thus far, we understand that repentance is godly sorrow for sin and a turning away from it. We understand, preliminarily, that it is a gift from God. We will discuss some of the practical elements in a future devotional thought.
Our theme text underscores a thought process, which is epidemic in the human family— “I’m good to go. I don’t need any help.”
If someone has a terminal illness and lies to themselves about it, what are the odds that person will receive treatment before it’s too late? That is the issue with many of us. Like some of the scribes and Pharisees of Christ’s day, many of us fool ourselves into believing our spiritual lives are just fine without full commitment to God. What’s worse is that many are more self-deluding than drunkards, prostitutes, convicted serial killers, and the like. Many perform religious activities like attending worship services, praying before they eat, reading a verse or two when time permits, and tipping God by dropping a few bucks in the offering basket. If you multiply the number of sort-of noble activities some of us participate in by seven, you have exactly zero, zilch, nada.
Real Change In Christ
Now, don’t go getting a complex on me. There’s more. It’s not that God is not interested in our devotion; He is. But our devotion must be complete and motivated by His Spirit. Then, and only then, will our daily activities be a manifestation of a changed life in Christ—true repentance.
Jesus came to this earth so He could awaken each of us from our spiritual stupor. He loves the overtly evil and covertly evil alike. However, His love provides the power of submission and cooperation to all who accept it.
Since I am a sinner, am I supposed to repent? Well, yes! Moreover, ask the Lord to help you always recognize and accept your need of Him until He comes. That way the pall of self-deception will never crowd out the light of His countenance in your life