The Christian’s Greatest … Part II


Yesterday we wrote about our Greatest Motivation as Christians.  We defined that as LOVE. Today we move on to our  Greatest Challenge.

Our Greatest Challenge is Repentance. This challenge is not getting others to repent, but our own repentance. Part of the nation of Judah’s problem was that they refused to repent,

“Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, look and take note! Search her squares to see if you can find a man, one who does justice and seeks truth, that I may pardon her. Though they say, “As the LORD lives,” yet they swear falsely. O LORD, do not your eyes look for truth? You have struck them down, but they felt no anguish; you have consumed them, but they refused to take correction. They have made their faces harder than rock; they have refused to repent.” (Jeremiah 5:1-3)

Jeremiah 6:16 records, “Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.'”

Judah had no intention to follow God if following Him would require them to change.
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As we turn to the New Covenant, we learn that Jesus’ message was (is) also one of repentance. Matthew 4:17, “From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” And Luke 5:31-32, ” . . . Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.  I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
God desires our repentance. No God demands we repent. , Acts 17:30, “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent,”
But repentance is difficult. Repentance is our greatest challenge. McGarvey said of repentance, “Among all the conditions of pardon and eternal life it is the most difficult to bring about.”
Why is repentance a challenge?
  1. We do not like to admit we are wrong.
  2. Change is always difficult.
  3. Repentance requires both.

Dear, Father, I ask that you give us the courage, resolve, and strength to change admit when we are wrong in Your sight and to change to become more and more like you. In Jesus name . . .

  • Scott

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