God is alive and speaking through His word, His people, and he can even use our daily context to teach us about His kingdom. The whole world declares the glory of God! The Word comes alive as you are reading Scripture…and suddenly some facet of your life is a living illustration of the truths therein. It’s amazing. Maybe you’ve experienced it too.
My context is the craziness of homemaking and homeschooling with kids ages 6, 4, 2 and almost 2 months. While taking in large portions of deep theology or even this week’s sermon can be more challenging than ever (Oh hey, is that smell wafting down the pew one of my kids’ diapers?), the Lord is so gracious to continue speaking to me through His word and His people, and He often brings things to life in my day-to-day context with our little disciples we’re raising.
One Saturday morning we loaded up our babies and were heading out for some breakfast and thrift store shopping. One of our boys is a mini wordsmith and a story-teller. He was rambling on to the family about some character that he had seen in a storybook or one that he had made up…and I was suddenly riveted when I heard him say: “…and he was the WICKEDEST man ever. Do you know why he was the wickedest man ever?”
Besides being a funny and dramatic statement, I was really curious about what Hudson thought would be the very worst thing someone could do. I mean, really?! Silly 4-year-old, whats the best “worst thing” ya got? Maybe ill-treatment of a sibling? Sneaking cookies before dinner?
But I was floored when he said: “He’s the wickedest man ever because he never repents of his sins.”
And he was right. God is so fantastically gracious to us. 2 Peter 3:9 teaches that the Lord is patient toward us “not wishing that any should perish.” His great kindness leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4), and yet apart from this turning away from our sin, we would all be ranked right there with Hudson’s “wickedest man ever.”
Repentance (1. deep sorrow… contrition for a past sin, wrongdoing, 2. regret for any past action) is the result of sorrow, and leads to salvation (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). In his book Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis describes it this way: “...fallen man is not simply an imperfect creature who needs improvement; he is a rebel who must lay down his arms…this process of surrender – this movement full speed astern is what Christians call repentance.”
But repentance is not only for the non-believer. Christians are to confess their sins to one another, to repent and continue as children of God, growing in holiness and faith. Whenever the Holy Spirit pricks our conscience, we must turn again, in repentance, toward God. The only way for us to walk closely with Jesus is to walk in repentance.
I pray that my children will experience the great joy that comes with repentance and reconciliation with God and others. I pray that they will always believe that God can and does forgive even the worst of sinners. I pray that we will all avoid the sin of the “wickedest man ever” – who never repented of his sins.
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Jordan Carlson is a follower of Christ, pastor’s wife, mother of four, and homemaker. Finding joy and struggle in that, she is finding His grace sufficient. Her passionate pursuit is learning to live abundantly in Christ. Jordan loves fresh flowers, coffee dates, missions, and great literature. Find her blog about faith, homemaking, and inspiration at repslendentsoul.com.