No one wants to get stuck in a packed elevator for hours with no air conditioning. Perhaps you have experienced a similar event. Maybe it was a crowded classroom. When the doors open, you gladly surrender to the fresh air!
A word that some have only heard as judging. Others assume an incorrect definition of the word. It simply means to change your mind or go in a different direction. It is the same idea of being trapped in a confining, damaging situation and choosing the breath of fresh air of forgiveness. The word is repent.
Repentance is gladly surrendering your life’s direction away from that which kills, steals, and destroys, to happily breath the fresh air of that which gives, restores, and fulfills life.
Many people insist on staying in the elevator because bad things happen to good people. They hold a grudge against God because life is not fair. Often people blame God for the sins people choose to commit. God did not cause people to sin. So Jesus addressed the age-old problem of sin and suffering in this world.
“About this time Jesus was informed that Pilate had murdered some people from Galilee as they were offering sacrifices at the Temple.” Jesus said, “Do you think those Galileans were worse sinners than all the other people from Galilee?” Jesus asked. “Is that why they suffered? Not at all! And you will perish, too, unless you repent of your sins and turn to God. And what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? No, and I tell you again that unless you repent, you will perish, too” (Luke 13:1-5 NLT).
Jesus offers a breath of fresh air and a way out. “Repent.” Yes, there’s evil and suffering in this world. Jesus acknowledged the broken and unfair world we live in. But faith in Him through repentance is the way out of the rancid air of this broken world. Are you going to stay on the elevator or step out into the fresh air gladly surrendering to Jesus? A – Admit you are a sinner. B – Believe in Jesus as Lord. C – Confess Him.
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