‘The crux of the gospel message is not a call to rededication, but a call to repentance. If one’s previous commitment did not keep him walking in obedience, a re-commitment is no more likely to make him faithful. The proper response to disobedience is not a commitment to try harder, but brokenness and repentance for rejecting the will of Almighty God. God looks for surrender to His will. Rather than asking church members to repeatedly promise to try harder, churches must call their people to repent before Holy God.’ Richard. Blackaby
I came across this quote as I was preparing myself for last Sunday’s message. I was looking at God’s merciful gift of numerous ‘second chances’ (pardon the oxymoron).
As a fully fledged Evangelical I experienced and practiced re-dedications, altar calls, ministry times believing in heir effectiveness. I look back and see some very significant times in my own life.
But something strikes a chord in what RB says. I track back in time and see much failure in my ‘rededication’ episodes. Maybe we should talk more about and practice repentance. That probably should include elements like:
- a sorrowful and regretful realisation of sinfullness and rebellion
- a change of mindset
- a reversal of direction
As ever looking for your thoughts…. (thank you for those who contribute in shaping this