Acts 19:1-20; Judges 10:1-11:33; Job 39
We all know how important repentance is…for the other people. We recognize that what they are doing is wrong and they need to get right with God. Oh, we may have some small sins, but nothing major like their sins. What will it take for us to learn that we all need to repent? Even those of us who have been following Christ for a long time continue to stray from God’s path and we need to turn back to Him? “Oh, but it’s such a small sin. I don’t need to worry about it.” Really? If Jesus really died for all of our sins, did the Romans hammer lightly for that sin? Perhaps that had been the attitude of the Ephesians. They said they believed in God and had agreed to follow Jesus, but then as God worked miraculously among the people, they recognized their need to repent. “Many of those who believed now came and openly confessed their evil deeds.” (Acts 19:18) We may not have open confession times before God now, some situations where confession was the order of the day have seemed more like bragging than confessing, but the truth is that we all have evil deeds from which to repent. Evil is such a strong word, why not just say, “wrong things.” In truth, we go our own way in opposition to God and that is evil. I overlook my own sins because I think that I’m good at heart. In truth, I commit evil deeds. The greater truth is that God will forgive me as I return to Him, and confess my sins. Our Holy God continues to care about the restoration of our relationship with Him.
Oh Lord, I come before You to confess my evil deeds, thoughts and attitudes. I have committed them because I thought more of myself than I did of You. Forgive my sins. Restore a right relationship between us and let my life reflect Your glory to others.