Daily Repentance Trumps Annual Rededication
2017 is coming to a close. Can you believe it? As our family was looking at Christmas lights around town recently (yes, we are those kind of people) I was thinking to myself “Weren’t we just here?” There’s a cul-de-sac we meet every year that seemed like we just visited. I was taken back by it!
The year has flown by, but it’s been full of fruit, excitement, and new things for our family and church. It’s included difficulties and struggles too, but the good outweighs the bad, as it always does.
Growth has happened here on paytej.com as well! This site is becoming more of what I envision it being one day. As we take steps closer, it makes me really happy to see it blossom. You can certainly count on this site being around for 2018. There are great things coming.
The beginning of a new year is always a great time for change. The transition into a new year inspires change that we hope will last the entire year and beyond. As I have been reflecting about the changes I need to make at the start of the new year, I’ve been thinking about the subject of rededication.
What is rededication?
This idea is not just about the holidays, but it often happens around them. It is common among Christian circles today to rededicate one’s life to God. Meaning, if you have placed your faith in Christ before, yet have drifted away in the faith—living in sin and wandering away from God—you can rededicate your life back to relationship with God.
It is very common to meet people (who really love the Lord) that have experienced this type of rejuvenation after a long rough patch in their spiritual life. I thank God for those people! I praise God for rescuing his prodigal children. Going through something like this makes a testimony more interesting, and it’s relatable to many others who are drifting in their faith.
Only, truly walking with God involves rededicating your life to God every morning.
Take up your cross and follow.
I do not intent to push back, but to press in here. I want to encourage those of you who’ve experienced what I’m talking about, not discourage. Rededication is needed in the first place because of a lack in daily repentance—dying to self each morning.
I want to talk about this so that no one needs a second, third, or fourth rededication later on.
Most of us accepted Jesus as our Savior but have never surrendered to him as Lord. If we are going to follow him, and know him, we must learn about him from his Word, and do the works that he did. It’s hard to follow someone when you don’t know what they look like or where they’re going. The Scriptures give us those answers; they teach us to follow him daily.
Let’s remember—true Christianity is about living your entire life with God. It’s a daily walk. The gospel is not about patching up your life; it’s about making the whole thing brand new. Jesus didn’t just make my life better; I was dead in my sin and he made me alive.
What makes a relationship a good relationship?
Instead of throwing more philosophy at you, let me ask you something very practical: How often do you and God talk? What does the communication look like? Are you both on the same page?
How good is a relationship if they talk only a couple of times per year? What if I only spoke to my wife on holidays or before a meal? This kind of a relationship is not really a good one. Our relationship with God isn’t any different. Examining our relationship with Jesus in this light may be hard to swallow. However, pressing into this will avoid the need for any future rededications.
As humans, we possess the natural tendency to rebel and seek higher places to place our own thrones. It is hard to fall when you’re already on your knees in prayer. Consistently following Jesus involves humbling yourself—lowering yourself to the place where you can hear God daily. I’ve found that God’s voice is loudest when I am lowest.
Daily repentance trumps annual rededication. I always praise God when his prodigals return. To truly walk according to God’s will means to rededicate your life to him every morning. A good relationship involves communicating more than a few times a year; it involves intimacy. It’s my hope that you can have this with God.
May 2017 come to a peaceful close for you, and may 2018 be a year rededicated to the Lord, for his glory alone.