“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.” Matthew 5:13
Yesterday my wife and I were driving through the Hill Country trying to find a little Texas town. We missed our turn from one two-lane highway to another and found ourselves going West instead of South. I was driving very well. I was under the speed limit, two hands on the wheel, lights on for safety. But none of that mattered because I was going the wrong direction.
When we have sin in our lives there is only one answer. We can’t study the Bible enough to make our sin satisfactory to God. We can’t give enough of our money to justify ourselves. We can’t preform substitute service taking care of the sick or feeding the hungry so that our sin becomes OK. That sinful activity, those base thoughts, those worldly feelings, are no good to us no matter how we try to dress them up or compensate for them. That sin has to be tossed out.
Yesterday I had to humble myself, admit I was going the wrong way and turn around. I had to go back to the turn I missed and head in the right direction. That is what repentance means, to turn around and go another way.
Bible study is extremely effective for growing in Christ. Sharing what we have – money, time, and energy, is a commandment of God. But when it comes to sin, humble repentance is the only medicine that will cure us.
Trying to grow in your walk without repenting would be like my wife and I trying to get to our destination yesterday, going the wrong direction, by just trying to drive more carefully. We could have been the best drivers ever all the way to the Pacific Ocean and still never reached our goal. Today, save yourself time, frustration and further distance from our Father. Repent of your sin and get on track to a fuller relationship with Him.