This Month's Promise


- (Romans 12:2)

Read: Mark 1: 14-18


"... The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)

In Mission in Christ’s way, Leslie Newbegin, longtime missionary to India, writes about the true meaning of repentance. “I remember once visiting a village in the Madras Diocese. There was no road into the village; you reached it by crossing a river, and you could do this either on the south side of the village or on the north. The congregation had decided that I would come by the southern route, and they had prepared a welcome such as only an Indian village can prepare. There was music and fireworks and garlands and fruit and silumbum (the performance of South Indian martial art done on ceremonial occasions) - everything you can imagine. Unfortunately I entered the village at the north end and found only a few goats and chickens. Crisis! I had to disappear while word was sent to the assembled congregation, and the entire village did a sort of U-turn so as to face the other way. Then I duly reappeared. This is what is metanoia (rpent) means.” D.L. Moody said, “Man is born with his face turned away from God. When he truly repents he is turned right around toward God. He leaves his old life.”

Dear friends, we have to be transformed. We have to go through a mental revolution. The reign of God has drawn near, but we can’t see it because we are looking the wrong way. We are expecting the wrong thing. What we think is, “God” is not God at all. In Romans 12:2 Paul says, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by renewing of your mind.” If we keep looking at wrong places, focusing on wrong issues and expecting deliverance from wrong sources, the reign of God will be totally hidden from us. David committed sin against God. But when the Lord convicted him he repented truly. He pleaded with God, “Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” (Psalm 51:7) Thus his mind was renewed and he received God’s forgiveness and mercy abundantly. Let us also repent and look for the Kingdom of God which is near us.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, let me not look for deliverance in wrong places and be deceived. Let me truly repent from my sinful ways. Let my mind be renewed. Let me take a “U” turn from the world and walk toward the cross of Jesus. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.