A few of us were returning from a day of ministering in a remote town and were encouraging each other, sharing scripture, and joking around. At one point we were discussing a street dance that was being put on by the local Roman Catholic church. One asked if the dance was Friday or Saturday night. Another answered that it was Saturday night. Then someone asked why it wasn’t Friday night, because it would “leave more time for repentance” before Sunday service. We all laughed. Then, I thought to myself, while this was absolutely absurd, it sadly rings true in the practice of many.
How often do you postpone repentance? Saving up your sins for a rainy day repentance is not wise. Neither is the idea that Jesus is for old folks. You know, when people want to have fun now and get straightened out later. That almost sounds like an organized crime boss waiting a little longer to go legit.
The scriptures are clear concerning this attitude: “No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him. . . No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 1 John 3:6, 9
Further, Paul alludes to this when he asks, “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace?” Romans 6:1
And the writer of the book of Hebrews warns, “Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.
If you are not a christian and reading this, repentance is a gift that God gives. Simply ask for it. Likewise if you are a Christian and are always taking advantage of God’s grace, then perhaps it time to also ask God for that ability to repent. Of course, you can continue in your “sin early, because it leaves more time for repentance” attitude, but either way it’s a dangerous game.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
No usual 3 questions on this post, but if you as an unbeliever have any questions on repentance, or as a believer are trapped in some indefinite postponement of repentance and would like to talk in private, you can email me HERE.