Turn to God
“Therefore, O King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, but declared first to those in Damascus, then in Jerusalem and throughout all the region of Judea, and also to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance.” (Acts 26:19–20 ESV)
Paul again pleading his case before the rulers of the day. All he has ever done is preach in response to that dramatic experience on the road to Damascus, when Jesus intervened in his life and called him to preach good news to Gentiles. Here was his message, ‘repent, turn from your life of sin, and turn to God, then live in light of that repentance and forgiveness you have been given.’
Do you realize that is still the message of Christianity? We, each and every human being, are in need of a savior. We can’t achieve the perfection required to stand before God on our own. We are hopeless without the intervention of another. Jesus is the intervening. He is the Savior. He lived perfection for us and died innocently in our place so that we might gain his righteousness and forgiveness when we believe in him. Repent and believe. Turn from disobedience, recognize Jesus and believe in him.
Then live. Not to sin more or even as if you never need forgiveness, but a repentant life. Recognizing, owning your sinfulness and need and Christ’s grace for you. And please catch that this is not a one-time experience. This is not just repentance to gain access to a life of proving your worth, no this is daily, continual repentance and daily, continual acceptance in Jesus.
We go on repenting, living different in keeping with this repentance, because we have tasted the goodness of Christ’s work and claim over us. Today is a good day to repent and turn to God, maybe for the first time, or once again, and know that he is with you, he loves and approves of you each and every moment because of who you are in Christ.
Let us live in light of this repentance and turning to God.