Changing Direction – Repentance & Forgiveness, Part 1

Changing direction is essential if you are on the wrong road.

and said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance for the forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Luke 24:46-47

That Suspicion Your Are Going in the Wrong Direction

Recently I was in Louisville, Kentucky with my wife and son, Kurt, to watch my other son, Mark, play baseball.

Let me just take a moment to thank God for GPS!

Nearly all my adult life I have lived with a great, big, body of water directly to my east. And for whatever reason that has always helped me in navigation.

Knowing that Lake Michigan is to my east I can figure out the direction to go to places – for the most part.

But in Kentucky, their body of water – the Ohio River – is to the north and I had the hardest time figuring out directions to the various schools and fields where Mark was playing.

If not for GPS, I would have gotten us royally lost!

Even with GPS, I had a hard time trusting that the direction was correct. In a female British accent, my GPS was guiding me to our destinations. However, my internal sense of direction fought against it all the way.

To my family’s dismay, I would have conversations with the British lady, “No it isn’t! That isn’t the right way! You are wrong!”

But she wasn’t and we got to each field because I surrendered to her direction – which always turned out correct (as long as we put in the correct address, at least).

Not Wanting to Turn Around

Still, that isn’t always the case. I don’t always surrender. And I certainly don’t always want to surrender to the correction direction.

A few years ago, my colleague and I were driving to pastors get-together and I wanted to stop at a nearby Target Store. That particular store had a camera on deep-discount that I wanted to get for my wife for Christmas.

I thought I knew the correct direction to go. But I was turned around and ended up going in the opposite direction.

He finally had to look up the address on his phone’s GPS and got us there. But I was deeply embarrassed, as I’m sure some of you guys can appreciate.

As a gender, men typically don’t like to stop to ask directions, admit that we are going in the wrong direction (“we’re just taking the scenic route”), or – worse of all – turn around!

Compare this to God’s call to us to repent and you have one of the lessons of the resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ!

Prayer

Heavenly Father, as you call me to change direction – to repent – I pray that I will heed the prompting of the Holy Spirit and turn back toward you. Thank you for forgiving my sin through the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ. In His name I pray. Amen.

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