After an absence of a couple of weeks, I decided to add some more thoughts on the subject of repentance. Today let us look at the idea that repentance should be accompanied by action. To illustrate this point let us look at a couple of verses from Matthew 21
28 But what think ye? A certain man had two sons; and he came to the first, and said, Son, go work to day in my vineyard.29 He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went.30 And he came to the second, and said likewise. And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not.
As we see here the first son repented of his decision to not go to the vineyard. But not only was he sorrowful, he followed it up by going to the vineyard. My earlier posts have mentioned the idea that repentance is more than being sorrowful. Action should accompany it. When we realize we have sinned, it should be more than asking God for forgiveness. Going about to do what God need us to do here on this earth should follow.
Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
This verse ties the concept of being fruitful with repentance. Sometimes as Christians we become satisfied like the children of Abraham and rest on our past accomplishments. Many times we think about why we are not being as fruitful as God wants us to be. I can think back in my own life to times when this has been the case and often it is associated with not repenting of things I have done.
I hope these thoughts have been helpful. I will have a couple of more posts in this series in the next couple of weeks. Have a great day.