Therefore this is what the Lord says: "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them."
Our Sunday School lessons have lately focused on the messages of the Old Testament prophets. The children of God consistently struggled with following His word. They drifted into sin without remorse or repentance. How many times are we just like them? I find myself struggling with sin, yet never fully grasp what repentance can do.
When reading the scripture above, it was revealed to me that our view of repentance and restoration is completely different from God’s view. We see it as a release from the guilt of sin. While true repentance does release us from guilt and make us blameless before God, there is a greater purpose for it. Once we repent, God promises to restore us. "If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me " This doesn’t just mean we are again a part of His family, but that we are now APPOINTED AND EMPOWERED TO SERVE GOD. Too many times we remember the promise that if we confess and turn from our sins that we “guilt-free”, but we forget our purpose in being brought back into God’s will. It is to serve. The next time we are basking in the forgiving grace of God, let us remember to also re-commit to serve Him.