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GROWING IN CHRIST

"Repent Much, Love Much"

Date published: 03/09/2019

   Sorry for missing the last two weeks of devotions, but my wife and I took two weeks off to celebrate 40 years of marriage!  I know you will be thoroughly challenged and blessed by this week’s teaching.

 

Luke 7:44-47 “Then He turned toward the woman and said to Simon, ‘Do you see this woman?  I came into your house. You did not give Me any water for My feet, but she wet My feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. You did not give Me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing My feet.  You did not put oil on My head, but she has poured perfume on My feet.  Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven — for she loved much.  But he who has been forgiven little loves little.’” (NIV)

 

   We live in a world that is plush with extravagance.  Every need, food, pleasure, activity of leisure, hobby, and entertainment overflows in abundance.  Christians are steeped in the extravagance of this world to the point that they no longer recognize the gods that control their lives.  This reminds me of a frog that is put in tap water that is slowly brought to a boil.  The frog felt fine until it was too late!  There is nothing inherently wrong with the trinkets of this world; but as each trinket takes a chunk of your life, there is little left for which Christ can be Lord.  Your life reaps the world – not the fruit of righteousness.

 

   The woman who worshipped Jesus with costly perfume gave not only her most important possession, but also her most valuable possession.  This sacrificial gift was in response to the incredible transformation she experienced when her sins were forgiven by Jesus.  The forgiveness of her sins from her repentance freed her from the bondage and burden of sin in her life.  This new freedom led her to make Jesus Lord of her life.  An amazing number of Christians today do not experience Christ because they have not entered into true repentance and Lordship.  They profess faith in Jesus but continue in their sinful and self-centered lifestyles.  Living this way inhibits the work of the Holy Spirit, because they, not God, are Lord of their lives.  The woman loved much, because she did not stop at believing, but allowed her repentance to take her to total Lordship.  She turned her whole life over to Jesus, holding nothing back. 

 

   In Matthew 3:8, you learn that through repentance you experience more of Christ: “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.”  At salvation the Holy Spirit indwells every follower of Christ.  The question is . . . are you willing to allow the Holy Spirit to control your life, so that God can produce His righteousness in you?  The mark of every follower of Christ who is submitted to the Lordship of Christ is fruitfulness.  The first and most noticeable fruit will be love.  There is no shortage of where love can be extended: the cashier, the waitress, the person you work next to, the person you fellowship with in church, club, sport, hobby, or the stranger in need.  Once love is extended you might be called to disciple and minister depending on the need.  Lordship is a dangerous proposition – it requires you to become vulnerable and trust God.  Jesus expressed this truth in John 12:25-26 in the sharpest of terms, “The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.”  The woman fully embraced Jesus not just by loving Him, but also by giving all she had to him.  The other guests around her were shocked at the spectacle of her actions.  Not Jesus.  Jesus fully understood what had happened to her.  The other guests had repented of little, and therefore gave little.  Their repentance was shallow to nothing, resulting in nothing.  Are you allowing Christ to sift your life, so that you are walking in greater repentance?  Stepping into increasing measures of repentance and Lordship will allow Christ to do much in you!

 

Philippians 1:9-11 “And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ — to the glory and praise of God.” (NIV)

 

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Here are some Bible studies from Growing in Christ to help your transformative experience:  “Transformation – Part 1” and “Satisfaction.”