Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Repentance was so important that both John and Jesus began their ministry with the same message: Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2, 4:17). Repentance also was central to the disciples’ ministry, as they went out and preached that men should repent” (Mark 6:12). Then, on the Day of Pentecost, Peter brought the same message…that his listeners should repent (Acts 2:38).

This emphasis on repentance is not accidental. Clearly, the Kingdom of Heaven opens after we “repent.” The Greek word here means to change our mind, to think differently. Jesus, John, and the early disciples agreed that we cannot be transformed by the Gospel unless we’re willing to change—unless we repent.

To enter God’s Kingdom, we cannot continue as we have in the past. There needs to be a decisive, definitive change. This is not hazy hope or wishful thinking—we must genuinely be willing to go in a new direction.

Without repentance, we will continue to focus on ourselves. Repentance helps us recognize our inadequacy, the weakness of our flesh, and our need for God. Without repentance, we’re blinded by our own pride and prejudice, and we continue to be self-centered.

But as we repent and change, we understand more about God and His Kingdom. We experience more of the fullness of His blessings. We begin to flow more freely in the Spirit. We think His thoughts and are more in tune with His voice. We hunger to know His Word. Others around us may seek the temporary pleasures and treasures of this world, but we find unparalleled joy in serving Jesus and surrendering our lives to Him as our Lord and Savior.

Today, remember the message of repentance. Seek to stay humble and clean before God.