A Call to Repentance

Today’s Journey Through Scripture Readings: 1 Samuel 27-29; Luke 13:1-22

 

13 Some who were present on that occasion told Jesus about the Galileans whom Pilate had killed while they were offering sacrifices. He replied, “Do you think the suffering of these Galileans proves that they were more sinful than all the other Galileans? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did. What about those eighteen people who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them? Do you think that they were more guilty of wrongdoing than everyone else who lives in Jerusalem? No, I tell you, but unless you change your hearts and lives, you will die just as they did.” (Luke 13:1-5, Common English Bible).

When I read today’s passage, my first thought went to the idea of free will. Jesus keeps asking if it was because of sin that someone died. Then he quickly, before anyone has the chance to answer, “No I tell you.” Initially, my thought was, “No, they didn’t die because of their sin. It was free will.”

I was wrong. It was a call to repentance. It is a call to repentance. But, though I titled today’s post, “A Call to Repentance,” this is not going to be what you might think. It will not be a hellfire and brimstone saying things like, “REPENT LAST WARNING,” or “REPENT OR PERISH.” While both have Biblical standing and even application to this passage, I also know and believe in Paul’s words, “The greatest of these is love.” To use an old cliche, “You get more flies with honey than with vinegar.”

The word “repent,” we think means confession. It is that, but it is also more. To repent means to confess and turn around. To repent means not only do we confess but we also make a real and lasting change in our lives. If we are committing sin by slandering another person, not only do we confess our sin, that we slandered someone else, we also change our behavior, not only that we will no longer slander that person but that we will not slander others either. I could list sin after sin but it would be my hope that you get the idea.

Do Jesus’ words in our lesson mean if we fail to repent we are bound for hell? My job is not now, nor has it ever been, to determine who gets heaven and who gets hell. No, it isn’t my job. It isn’t the job of any pastor. My job is to proclaim the love of God in Jesus Christ. I know what this text, as well as other texts, say. I get it. But, what I also know is, we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. I also know that the one who hasn’t committed sin can cast the first stone. These are Biblical ideas just like the message of repentance that is our lesson today. I can’t ignore the other texts in order to uphold this lesson.

All that being said, I know and I do proclaim, for all of us, it is time to repent. When we repent, God who is love, “…will forgive our sin and cleanse us of all unrighteousness.”

Have a blessed day in the Lord.

With Joy and Thankfulness,
Keith

Copyright 2018, J. Keith Broyles, All Rights Reserved

Published by drjkbroyles

I love Mike Ashcraft's book, "My One Word." For the past nine years I have participated and encouraged others to participate to in the "My One Word" Challenge. My first word was discipline was my word the first year. Since then my word has been focus, sight, jungle, peace, concentration, serve, genuine and this year is fit. I seek to be fit for my health, my family, my church, my ministries. I seek to be fit in any are of my life where God might point to me. I also have a nickname, "Dr. B." When I was a public high school teacher, Dr. B. is what most of my students called me, at least in my presence. I am still called that by many people though I no longer teach in public schools. I am the author of "Average Joe: With an Extraordinary Story" (available on Amazon). The book fits into the genre of "Biblical Fiction" or "Christian Fiction" and features some of the Bible's lesser known characters. The name of my blog is, "Fork in the Road." Life is filled with forks in the road. It isn't a matter of if we encounter a fork in the road, but when will we and how many will we experience in a lifetime. I love to strum my guitar. I am not a great guitar player but I enjoy it. I also enjoy writing music. I get excited with I feel a new song emerging. I live with my wife Cindy and our little dog, "Bishop" in Lufkin, Texas. I spent the past 30 years as a United Methodist pastor, serving churches all over east and southeast Texas, from just north of Tyler to south of Houston, from the Gulf Coast to east of Madisonville. I currently serve Perritte Memorial UMC in Nacogdoches. I spent one year in the classroom, teaching High School government, economics, psychology, and sociology. Cindy and I have been married for 43 years. We have two grown sons and six grandchildren, three boys and three girls. I enjoy preaching and all it's aspects from research to writing to the actual preaching event. I also love writing, reading. I have dabble in drawing and "painting" with pastels as well as woodworking and woodcarving. My current projects are two ukuleles. I collect, repair and restore guitars too. I play the guitar (badly, but I still do) I also enjoy working with paracord on various projects, mostly prayer ropes I usually give away. I hold an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Business Data Processing, from San Jacinto College in Pasadena, TX, a Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in History from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX, a Master of Divinity from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX and a Doctor of Ministry from Carolina University of Theology. This blog started out as devotional writings. In August of 2020, I made a major change to the blog, switching to a daily theme format. Sunday Sermon-usually my manuscript sermon Miscellaneous Monday-misc. writing, poetry, ministry Tuesday Thoughts-Devotion Wed. with Wesleys-hist. & theol. of early Methodists TED Talk Thursday-Video & appl. in current theology Five for Friday-5 things I've seen & my thoughts Sing-Along Sat. - Usually a new song I have written I write, "Strumming a G-Chord with Dr.B." to get my thoughts onto something permanent. After all, they say, once something is on the internet it never really goes away. Still, I hope you enjoy reading it. Who knows, it might generate a bit of discussion between you and me and anyone else who might make their way here. Seeking the Genuine, Keith Lufkin, Texas August 2020

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