Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 (NIV)
Early Christians put the question to Peter. They wanted to know what we should do. They were cut to the heart. Should we pay attention to the Disciples response? Would it help us still today? Or has our modern progress robbed us of our chance to learn? Has it stolen our desire to receive the Holy Spirit?
We like to think repentance is for those poor souls who have not yet come to the conclusion that God is real or that Jesus is His Son. We try to make it a question of our level of morality. But did Christ give up His life just to elevate our standard of living? Or should we repent from ever reducing the Lord to something or someone not essential? Should we repent from ever trying to walk alone? Should we repent from not listening carefully to all that God conveys to us? Could we all do with a humble sense of how little of Him we seek in each moment of our lives? Could the sins that we most need to turn from, be all those times where we forget the Lord and look to ourselves, our ways and our distractions?
Dear Father in Heaven,
We too want to be sufficiently moved. We want to receive the gift of Your Holy Spirit. We want You! Please convict our hearts today. Show us however painfully You must, those times when we turn away from You and step out on our own. Burden us with the guilt of our treason. Then let us seek true repentance and an immersion in You and Your Word we pray!
By S.D. Wonenberg
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