I’ve been reading the book of Revelations, Chapters 2 and 3 – the Lord’s letters to the churches. A consistent theme I discovered in the Lord’s message to these churches was repentance, and I wondered – Why repent? Why not – Walk in love? Walk in divine health? Walk in divine provision?
To repent is: to change the inner man to meet God’s will.
Considering this revelation came when the Apostle John was still alive, it wasn’t long after the Lord’s resurrection; meaning those churches had not been established for very long. The Lord could have been speaking about the future churches in those locations but it could be that the churches at that time were already one degree off track. If you draw a straight line and then go one degree off, in a number of minutes [maintaining that tangent] you will be several degrees off the mark.
Repentance therefore makes sense! Consistently checking your trajectory, to ensure you are on the right path is the key to successful christian living. Self assessment or self examination will guarantee us an active connection with the Lord. Repentance requires humility and a quick turning away from any and everything that gets in the way of our relationship with Jesus. It’s not just about tears and guilt trips; it is a conscious decision to invest effort into changing the inner man (your soul/mind) by consistently feeding it with the right nutrition – the Word of God! So… the theme of the letters to the churches makes perfect sense!
My conclusion therefore is this: as I focus my energies and efforts on changing my inner man to meet God’s will, I will certainly walk in all God’s promises for me which include divine provision, divine health, prosperity, etc. As I seek God’s kingdom first, all these things will be added on to me. Like the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:10a (Amplified version) –
[For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognising and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers]…….
Repentance is therefore an Ancient Landmark of the Kingdom of God that we all need to remember. Touch base with this landmark from time to time…and see the difference it will make in your walk with the Lord this year.