How many TV shows, books and Internet articles focus on doing all the right things to live a long, healthy life? This is all good, but Jesus tells us that more is at stake than personal care and feeling bad for others who suffer.

Personal repentance is mostly changing the way we think about things. It is an attitude that seeks to live a life in alignment with God’s Love. It is living in a way that welcomes the Kingdom of God that Jesus leads.

Jesus is not making suggestions, but sending warnings to his hearers. Make the change God requires or eventually be destroyed by things beyond your control. Turning to God will not prevent terrorists, Tsunami waves or asphyxiation by donut.  But, we can know peace with God and the promise of life beyond the grave. Jesus told Nicodemus this truth about God’s plans for humanity.

John 3:
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 

Jesus has every right to tell us to repent, doesn’t He… if anyone has something to say about changing the world, it is Jesus.

Do you hear the message to Nicodemus?

God loves you and wants to save you from dying a pointless death. He wants to bring you from living a condemned life, to an eternal one!

Inclusion in God’s plan is found in knowing that Jesus has come to restore all Creation. But restoration also includes exclusion. Some trees will be uprooted.

Have you put your trust in Jesus? Before you waste your breath figuring out who is in and who is out, turn inward. What have you done with Jesus? Is He your Lord or have you excluded Him from your life?