That’s the word for the day. Metanoia. It’s a Greek word in origin and means a change of mind or repentance or change in the inner man. It means not just a shift in one’s views or opinions but a fundamental change in direction.
REPENT! It’s a word we used to hear shouted from the pulpits and street corners a hundred years ago. Not much these days and when it is shouted people either don’t pay attention or brand the person preaching it a lunatic or extremist. But preaching repentance is not only Biblical but needed now more than ever. In the last 60 years or so we seem to have gotten away from this and moved more into what I call the preaching of love. Don’t get me wrong, that is Biblical also. Both Jesus and Paul say love is of the highest order. We should live our lives like Jesus and that people should see Jesus in us in our daily lives. I totally agree with this. Peter even calls us to live our lives this way. “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” 1 Peter 2:12 NIV. But people also need to be called to repentance. If you look throughout the Bible, it is the call to repentance that stands out.
God tells the Israelites through Ezekiel to repent. “Therefore, you Israelites, I will judge each of you according to your own ways, declares the Sovereign LORD. Repent! Turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall.” Ezekiel 18:30
John the Baptist told the people to repent. In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” Matthew 3:1-2
Jesus went through the streets preaching it. After the arrest of John, Jesus went into Galilee and proclaimed the gospel of God. “The time is fulfilled,” He said, “and the kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe in the gospel!” Mark 1:14-15
When Jonah finally went to Nineveh, he didn’t put up signs and banners advertising a tent revival with a pot luck and auction off a chariot. He didn’t spend 2 years there doing good deeds and letting the people of the city see the good works of God in his life and hope that they would want to have a change of heart. No, he went through the streets telling them to “Turn or Burn.” And you know what? They did. There are many more examples of the call to repentance in the Bible.
Look, I’m not saying we need to get in peoples faces and scream at them, but we definitely need to call people to repentance and share our faith more rather than just live our lives for Jesus and hope people see it and someday make a commitment. We live in a society now that what is normal for us is very abnormal for most of the rest of the world. We don’t worry in the morning when we leave the house if we will be alive at the end of the day. 200 years ago people were not sure each day if they would be alive the next day and a lot of the world is still that way. One of the biggest lies Satan tells us is that we have plenty of time. We can take care of salvation later. After marriage or college or career. You can do this later, there is no hurry. Well, events of this past year have shown me that you do not have the time you think you do. You could be called home and your life could end today and the most important decision you could ever make is where you will spend eternity. So, the word for you is Metanoia. REPENT. Before you don’t have the chance to anymore.
Have you repented of your sins? Are you sure of where you will spend eternity? If not and you want to talk about how you can have a relationship with Jesus Christ, just click the Contact Me link at the top of the site page and I’d be happy to talk with you.