Repent and Refresh
“Now repent of your sins and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped away. Then times of refreshment will come from the presence of the Lord, and he will again send you Jesus, your appointed Messiah” (Acts 3.19-20 NLT).
Peter and John are preaching everywhere in Jerusalem. On their way to the Temple, they saw a man who had been lame since his birth. Peter not only demanded in Jesus’ name this crippled man get up, he also pulled him to his feet. The man suddenly could walk! Now Peter had everyone’s attention. After explaining Jesus’s sacrifice for the world’s sins, Peter insisted that the people needed to repent and turn to God. This is a two-part command. The people could not turn to God if they had not yet repented from their sins. This is true for us today. To truly turn toward God, we must repent of any sin that the Holy Spirit is highlighting in our lives. This repentance and turning does not happen all at once. We each have layers of sin that God must pull away sheet by sheet. Just like an animal molting, we shed our flesh in repentance and become more like Christ over time. As we turn toward God, letting go of sin, we delve into a deeper relationship with Him. The life of faith is a process. Once we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we begin to allow that seed of salvation—a gift to us through grace and received by us through faith—to permeate our entire being. And each time we struggle to repent and turn toward God, we receive supernatural refreshment from the Lord, a sweet reward on our difficult walk of faith.
“I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint” (Jeremiah 31.25 NIV).