Lesson Ten • Devotion #5: Repent

I was five years old when I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior. The problem was that at that age, I did not understand that concept of my life needing to change. This idea that my life was no longer my own did not make sense. I went through the majority of my childhood, living my life for my own enjoyment. It was not until I was 17 that I realized something was wrong and missing. There was one of those moments in life that hit me, right in the gut, and I will never forget it. I was hanging out with my friends from school, being a “normal” high school student, when one of my unsaved friends looked at me and said, “You know, if you did not talk about church all the time, we would have no idea that you were a Christian.” To them, that was a compliment because I was like them and I was not uptight like much of the world perceives Christians to be. To me, that was one of the wake-up calls in my life. 

In 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, we read, “For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.”   

When we are going through our day-to-day busy lives, we need to take the time to evaluate why we are doing the things that we are doing. Are we doing it for our families? Are we doing it to fit in with those around us? Are we doing it for ourselves? We need to make sure that our motivation for doing things in our lives can be traced back to the One who died for us. People should be able to look at you, and the things you do, and just know that there is something different about you. When they talk about you, one of the first things they should say about you is, “Oh, James sure does love his God.” There is no better way to be described. 

The question becomes, “How do we get there?” The answer is simple, but the application might not be. We need to live our lives for Him. If we cannot trace the things we are doing back to Him, then we need to evaluate why we are doing it. We cannot live this life for ourselves because it is not ours. He gave His life so that we could have ours; therefore, we should live our lives in a way that is honoring and glorifying to Him. Our whole creation was done so that we can reflect His image and who He is. This is something that we should take more seriously and make sure that when we look in a mirror, this is what we are seeing. 

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