To Those Who Are Hungry and Willing to Pay the Price for All of Him
Psalm 51:10 NIV
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.“
A word for REPENT in the Hebrew Biblical text is the word…TESHUVAH…it is the central focus of the ‘Ten Days of Teshuvah’ between the Jewish Feast Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
This word literally means “to return to or go back to.” In a Biblical context, the ones being addressed are God’s people. The focus is return to loving the Lord with all of your heart, soul, and strength by not only words but also by actions.
The length of time between the two feasts was so that all Israel understood that this required an investment of time to reflect on how to love God, not depart from loving God again, and that the investment was not only to be an exercise during the feast days but an everyday practice of seeking after God.
Raising the question “why?”, we ask how did God’s people stray away in the first place? In the New Testament, we are equipped with all that our God has provided through Jesus so that we don’t stray.
His presence when we call on His name is the evidence that He is close and is hearkening to our call. Jesus has removed every barrier between us, Himself, and the Father.
Jesus right now sits at the right hand of the Father making intercession on our behalf so that there remains no obstacle that can block our path from entering into His presence.
And should an obstacle exist, if we confess our sin in repentance, it is immediately removed so that we can draw as close to Him as any one of us desires.
Why do so many draw AWAY instead of drawing CLOSER to the Father through the Blood of Christ?
And why do so many only hold onto a superficial “I need You to do this for me Lord” when we can spend quality time with Him and have it all.
Is it that on that day when we see Him face-to-face, He will say to many “I never knew you”. Might it be that there was no real relationship, no real investment to love Him,
to spend time with Him, or weep over the pages of His love letter to us?
What is addressed here is that Yehovah wanted the Heart of all Israel under the Old Testament:
Deuteronomy 6:5 NIV
“Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”
Jesus wants OUR whole heart as evidenced in the New Testament:
Revelation 2:4 NIV
“Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.”
Repentance might be referred to as those parts of us that are unsurrendered. Those parts of us whether it be mind, body, soul, or heart that continue to resist and say “No” to loving God or allowing Him to love us.
“Lord, today I ask that You would mold those parts of me that so much need Your Grace! I surrender today those areas in my life that resist You. Those areas that say no to You. Those areas of my life that are yet untrusting. I do love You Lord Jesus, but I recognize I still have so far to go. Thank you for loving me God my Father, and I pray that I shall love You always with ALL of my heart, soul, and strength, in Jesus Name amen.”
TESHUVAH – Return To Your First Love…..
David and Kathy Andrade