The “In My Father’s Footsteps” devotions will return in September of 2019. Enjoy this devotion from the archives!
This is Part 1 of “Repentance and Forgiveness of Sins” where we’ll explore one of the most important lessons of the post-resurrection appearances of Jesus Christ.
Changing direction is essential if you are on the wrong road.
And [Jesus] 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.
That Suspicion You’re Going in the Wrong Direction
I was once 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.
For many years living in Chicagoland and then the Milwaukee area, knowing that Lake Michigan is to my east I can figure out the direction – for the most part.
For the years I lived in St. Louis, having the Mississippi River to my east provided the same help.
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 conversation 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, a brother pastor 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. And 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 – worst 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!
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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