To Inspire You
Cheryl Lee Davis, Vice President of Leadership Development
I had an unexpected opportunity to share Christ recently with some unexpected people. Surprisingly, repentance had much to do with it.
A few weeks ago, I ran in a 5Kno ordinary 5K, but a trail run. That means mud, poison ivy, and off-the-chart humidity. With the exhilaration I felt in completing this run, (which was also a "walk" at some points in my case), there was also an awareness that I would not have been with the people around me a year ago.
Repentance has a way of opening doors for us that go far beyond forgiveness and freedom.
In early 2008, the Lord gently dealt with me in an area in my life where I needed to experience His healing and forgivenessan area where I needed to repent. For some years I allowed myself to be comforted by food, leading to some unhealthy habits.
For me, it began with repentance. I needed to repent of my sin of going to another source for comfort and contentment. Thanks be to God for His kindness that led me to this place. Nearly 30 pounds later and still very much on this journey with God, I know His forgiveness and freedom.
And while I am glad to be a bit healthier and a little less addicted to food, I found out that God was showing me He was furthering His purposes through my repentance. He was opening a door for me to share Himself with others. Because of my repentance and His forgiveness in this one area of my life, I was given a place to tell others about Christ. It is a place where I could not have been one year earliersimply because I could not have run 100 yards, let alone 3.1 miles.
We know that repentance and forgiveness are part of our salvation and our freedom. We clearly read this in His Word. First John 1:9 states, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness" (NIV). According to Matthew 4:17, Jesus preached, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
Today, I submit to you that our continual life of repentance will also grant us opportunities to share Christto share the Good News of His salvation with those in need. Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 7, "Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation...
I am convinced that our forgiven lives are to be used as a vehicle for proclaiming His Good News. Our willingness to repent today from those things that are holding us back will open doors to proclaim His Son tomorrow.
Who is not hearing about Jesus because you are not repenting? Where might God want to take you, to place you, so that others hear about salvation that only comes through Jesus Christ?
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