© 2013 • Hillcrest Church of Christ
by Danny Boggs
Every time I start to close a file, the computer asks, “Do you want to save changes?” I’m thankful for that consistent reminder. I am often forgetful and undisciplined. What a shame it would be to lose the progress gained through time, thought and effort.
Paul’s inspired message to everyone everywhere was “that they should repent and turn to God, performing deeds in keeping with their repentance” (Acts 26:20). God’s grace makes our lasting repentance eternally worthwhile (Acts 5:31, 11:18).
To repent is to change your mind. We cannot become Christians without changing our minds about God, ourselves, and sin. We must allow the Lord to be Lord of our lives. The way that seems right to us leads only to death (Proverbs 14:12). To repent, it must break our hearts to know that our sin breaks both God’s heart and God’s law.
Those changes made in repentance must be saved. We cannot live faithfully as Christians without staying changed. The change in our minds should become visible by the fruit of change in our lives. God must be glorified by an increasingly holy life.
We should never repent in the reverse direction. Polycarp, a faithful associate of the apostle John, recognized that “repentance from better to worse is a change not permitted to us.” “For if, after they have escaped the defilements of the world through the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the last state has become worse for them than the first” (2 Peter 2:20). Progress can be thwarted. Salvation can be forfeited.
Do you want to change? Do you want to save those changes? May we help?
"Do You Want to Save Changes?"