Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord (Acts 3:19 )~
No matter where we may be on our journey of finding our way back to God, we all have stuff in our lives that we are still holding on to. For some, it’s a secret activity or habit that nobody else knows about. For others, it’s pretty obvious what we’re still chasing. We all have that one thing we need to let go of.
God rarely puts something new in your life until you let go of something old and broken. That’s not exactly easy though, and fortunately for us, God knows this and He’s compassionate toward us regarding it! That’s why the next step beyond awakening to regret is awakening to help. This awakening moves us a giant step closer to God because WE realize we can’t do it alone. We have God and we have each other. So what happens next? We make a call for help. We have that conversation…. We pray on it first! Matthew 6:33 says seek HIM first! Whether we find ourselves sliding into the back row at church or into a quiet place to fall on our knees and cry out, “God, if you’re real . . . !” Take it to HIM above all things! Then, as James 5:16 guides us, if need be, we walk into a support group. We phone a good friend or family member. We get someone that can be a non-judgmental voice of wisdom, love, support and accountability.
Turning away from destructive choices and seeking help is a part of repentance. To repent is to go home, returning to where you came from and where you belong. Going home is about being forgiven and receiving assurance of life after this life, but it’s also about finding new meaning and direction for life that you can’t find anywhere else. It’s about having a relationship with God. It’s about redirecting your life and returning to where you’ve come from and where you belong. When you repent, God changes you. You are different. The Bible says that God’s Spirit comes to live inside you, and that results in a recognizable and ongoing transformation.
Keep in mind that repentance doesn’t mean feeling bad and wallowing in your guilt! As a matter of fact, true repentance leads to “times of refreshing” from the Lord. Repentance is about starting over and admitting, “I need help.” This call to repent, to turn away from our sin and return home to God, is for everyone. And when you do it, have faith in the salvation God has promised you!
This could be the day you go home. Get up from where you are and come home to where you belong. It does not matter what poor decisions you have made in the past. God is saying to you, “Whatever you have done, whatever you have become, it doesn’t matter. Just come home.”
Are you ready to go home? Make the turn, be refreshed and be blessed!