Repent, for Kingdom’s Sake

repentWhen did “repent” become a word for nutty fanatics and out of touch preachers?  Jesus used the word frequently as did the early church leaders.   Repentance plays such a critical role in our becoming like Christ one would think it would be heard often among God’s people.  It’s never been popular to admit wrong.  However, if one has indeed died to self such embarrassment should be greatly reduced.  I guess it is a bit humiliating to realize that one is driving the wrong way on a one way street, but wouldn’t the humiliation be all the greater if one ignored the truth and just kept on dodging the on coming traffic?

For believers in Jesus repentance is a great gift.  Repentance provides the opportunity to know Christ better through self- surrender.  Repentance makes it possible to let Christ live in one and work through one’s life in greater and greater ways.  The greatest in the kingdom is not the one who has the most natural talent and ability.  Nor is it the one who does everything perfect.  Nor is it the one who never needs to repent of anything.  The greatest is the one who is humble enough to admit how much they need Jesus, how deeply they want to be changed, and can identify specific areas of life that need to change.  That is a person God can and will work with!  That is a person well on their way to a life of repentance which is a life of deep transformation into the image of Christ.

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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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2 Responses to “Repent, for Kingdom’s Sake”

  1. avatar Stephen Carman says:

    I appreciate your statement in the sermon; “It is impossible to live in the kingdom of God without repentance.” Your statement highlights that we cannot go in two opposing directions at the same time. We must choose one or the other. Some of us feel that we are stuck, going in circles even. That’s because we let our repentance (180 degree turn) become a full 360 as we retuned to the attitudes or behavior we had before. It’s the proverbial spinning our wheels. A kind of spiritual déjà vu.

    I believe this highlights one of the challenges we face, especially as western Christians. Our culture works very hard to convince us we can have it both ways. We can neglect our exercise and be fit; eat poorly and still be healthy; spend (and borrow) excessively and still be financially free; and mistreat key relationships and still experience warm fellowship.

    Repentance not only highlights the direction, choices, attitudes, or behaviors we have that were wrong, but also that we can’t “go it alone” (another highly prized western attitude). We need, and have an alternative (a choice as you point input in your sermon). And, we have a community of faith that can help us navigate this kingdom life.

    • avatar Byron Fike says:

      I do my best repenting when I am in fellowship with other believers. When we practice the principles our Lord taught us such as forgiveness, not judging, acceptance and love; we not only make it easier to repent, we invite the Spirit to move in powerful ways to transform us into the image of Christ. Thanks for your comments. May God bless us as we work TOGETHER in his kingdom!

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