Ask, Knock, Enter

Have you heard the news lately? Do things seem to be getting worse? Are you hearing of more unemployment and economic woes, more violence and more tragedy? The world is spiraling out of control. People are losing hope. Murders and suicides are rising. Terrorist attacks are imminent. Intense economic uncertainty inevitably leads to war. What can you do to ensure you have hope and meaning in your life?

Since Adam and Eve, mankind has been trying its best to live without God. Educational institutions embrace the scientific method which excludes the supernatural. God is beyond the scope of their understanding and therefore, they conclude, He does not exist. They have built a society that does not acknowledge God. That society is now unraveling. The best minds can do nothing to stop the impending global economic collapse and the violence that inevitably follows. When you read of others suffering in tragic events, do you feel safe? Jesus Christ warns you that without His protection, you are at risk of suffering the same fate:

“There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” (Luke 13:1-3)

Where is your hope? Is it in men or are you beginning to realize that only God can help you? If you want God’s help, He makes it clear that you must repent. Unless you repent, God will not extend His grace toward you. But what is repentance?
The word repent’ in Luke 13:1 is translated from the Greek word metanoeh which means to think differently, to reconsider, to feel remorse or regret for doing wrong. Quite simply, it means to change direction. Stop sinning! Make a U-turn! Stop distancing yourself from God. Turn away from sin, which is the transgression of the law (1 John 3:4) and start a new life of overcoming sin. Sin is the enemy. Sin leads to death.

Finally, realize there is only one way:

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12)

Jesus Christ is the only path to eternal life. Repentance begins by acknowledging that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour for all humanity.


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