On Earth as It is in Heaven 7

As a church family, our hope is for our lives to be an active prayer for God’s kingdom to come and His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Our goal, as a church family, is for all we do to contribute to fulfilling this hope.  Each week we plan to explore some aspect of our life and ministry in the light of this goal.

“On earth as it is in heaven”

Through Self-examination and Repentance 

The idea of seriously thinking about what we do and say, and our motives, may not be popular in a culture bent on pleasure, but the outcome should be joyous. 

God calls us, very specifically, to grapple with our faults:  “Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves.” (2 Corinthians 13:5)  When we do so, we’re likely to experience the hard truth that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)  This isn’t easy.  Neither is repenting, which simply means turning away from the sin in our hearts, words, and actions.  Change can be hard.

But the end-point of self-examination and repentance is not supposed to be depressing or leave us struggling to change.  The outcome should be the life-changing Good News of Jesus… that God “does not deal with us according to our sins, nor repay us according to our iniquities,” because “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (Psalm 103:10, 1 John 1:9)  Instead of being left broken by recognition of sin, we can put our sins in the hands of God… thank Jesus for the price He paid for our sins on the cross… and enjoy freedom as a new spiritual creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

As you pray through self-examination and repentance this Lent, ask God to take you all the way to healing, through His love and forgiveness, and into change, through the guidance and power of His Holy Spirit.  Don’t stop before the miracle happens!

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March 01, 2020

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