His Message is Our Message

by Joanna Pierce on September 28, 2017

In conclusion of our segmented series on the Imitation of Christ, our last lesson is about how Jesus’ message is our message.

Have we ever considered what Jesus’ message was? Do we think about what it is when we’re outside of the church? For some, their message is their home, car, or even the clothes they wear. But, our message needs to be Christ’s Gospel message, and everything we do needs to convey this message.

Repentance

If Christ’s message is going to be our message, repentance must be our first step. The more we get out of the way, the more Jesus has the ability to work inside of us (John 3:30). Paul admonished the church to die daily—to repent to the ways of the flesh and to live in the strength and power of Christ (I Corinthians 15:31).

When Jesus first began to preach, He preached a message of repentance (Matthew 4:17; Luke 24:47). He also instructed His followers to preach repentance to all nations—everywhere we go. This is His message, and it needs to be our message every day we live.

Many time we feel like we’re a failure. We’ve all messed up and fallen short of God’s glory. But, we see great examples in Scripture of disciples who were no different than us today. Peter denied Jesus three times (Luke 22:54–62), even though he had been given the keys to the Kingdom (Matthew 16:18). But, in spite of Peter’s failure, he didn’t allow it to define him.

Scripture tells us we are a chosen people and God wants to do something in our lives. When we mess up, our first step needs to be to repent before we give up. Peter knew this, and even after denying Jesus, found a place of repentance (Luke 22:62). He knew repentance was necessary in his life from what Jesus had taught Him, and this was the same message he delivered on the day of Pentecost, the birth of the church (Acts 2:37–39).

Aspects of Repentance

Godly Sorrow

Like Peter, we must find a place of weeping (Luke 22:62) and godly sorrow (II Corinthians 7:10). Without godly sorrow, any repentance we can claim to experience is just for show.

Repugnance to Sin

Sin cannot be appealing to us in any way shape or form. We must seek to get rid of it, even at the slightest smell (evidence) in our lives. We must abide by Jesus’ words to repent to rid ourselves of the stench of sin and to forgive others who sin as well (Luke 17:3).

Use God’s Endless Mercy

We must remember that we are living in a dispensation (time) when God’s grace is ever-flowing. We cannot let the devil convince us that God’s grace isn’t available to us if/when we repent. He is rich in mercy because of how much God loves us (Ephesians 2:4). God is delaying His return to the earth because His will is that everyone repents so no one will perish (II Peter 3:9).

Conclusion

We can never stop realizing the importance of repentance in our lives. It’s a lifestyle we must live by. Repentance is always going to be relevant and necessary to the believer. This is the message Christ has for us. And, His message is our message.

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on September 27, 2017 with Guest Speaker, Brother Josh Linton