A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD
The Kingdom of Heaven is……for you
“From that time on, Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, because the kingdom of heaven is near.”” (Matthew 4:17, LEB)
You are in control of your eternal destiny. While in this life you have many destinations available to you when you leave this life your destinations are limited to only two. Jesus died for you so you could become a citizen of the kingdom of heaven. Perhaps the single most important activity you’ll repeatedly engage in over the course of your life is it repenting.
Please consider the following “parable” this morning.
A young man started out on journey to find the richest treasure he could find. Someone told him the way to obtain riches was higher education so he spent many years in institutions of higher learning eventually landing a very high paying career. Yet he discovered deep in his heart something was missing. Someone then told him the way to riches is to give all you have to the poor. So the man gave away his riches keeping only enough for himself. Yet the empty feeling would not go away.
One day while sitting on a park bench in desperation with loud voice he cried out, “On what road must I journey to discover the riches that will fill my empty heart?” Moments later an elderly woman walked up to him and said, “The road of repentance is the road of riches.”
“But in my prayers I have told God I am sorry for my sins yet the emptiness remains. What is this road of repentance of which you speak?” he asked.
“Repentance is a fork in the road of life it is looking back on life and realizing in spite of all the good you’ve done you still have been walking on the wrong road. But it is more than saying you’re sorry for your sins. It is road of transformation not from sinner to saint but to becoming a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. It is a road where you are a follower the Holy Spirit your guide and Jesus your leader,” the old woman replied.
“At the end of the road called Repentance will I discover the riches that will fill the emptiness in my heart?” the man asked. The woman looked into the man’s tear filled eyes and replied, “The road of Repentance is the road of riches, riches far more valuable, far more real than anything the world can give.”
Believe it! Experience it!
Grace and PEACE!
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“Turn to the Lord! He can still be found. Call out to God! He is near.” (Isaiah 55:6, CEV)
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