Yesterday our pastor started a new series called "Reset." The scripture he used as a starting point is Matthew 4:12-17 with the key verse being verse 17:
"From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand."
Repent basically means to return; to come back; to reset, if you will.
I have a lot of things I'd like to hit a "reset" button on. My blog about Kathleen Folden is one of them, considering the attention it's drawn. Ha. (I removed that blog post--see the comments section for explanation.) But there are plenty of other more serious things in my life that I wish I could go back and do over. Actions. Words. Thoughts. All things that ultimately would not please the Lord.
We are all sinners. Not one of us is perfect. Not one of us is without fault. To find out what went wrong we have to go all the way back to Genesis and the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve, who lived in the most perfect, un-stressful place on earth, sinned. They disobeyed God. And because they disobeyed God, they were removed from the Garden and from God's presence. We, the children of Adam and Eve, are still under the curse their sin introduced into the world.
I asked God just the other day why that was so. Why must I be punished, as it were, because of Adam and Eve's sins? Why couldn't God start us all out in the perfect Garden and see what happens. I'm sure some would sin, like Adam and Eve, but maybe some wouldn't.
But I'm not God. I don't know all things. I don't see all things. I don't know the future. Suffice it to say I'm not qualified to ask God why he didn't do things differently.
That's where "repent" comes in. Because we have all sinned, we all need to repent. Pastor Joe put it into the most simple way, which I absolutely love:
God is calling us back to the original condition.
God, through His Son Jesus, can and will "reset" our lives if we'll just ask.