Message: We are accountable for what we know,
and the things God shows us requires a response.
Command: Repent and turn from sin.
Promise: Come to me all who are weary and
carry heavy burdens and I will give you rest.
Warning: Jesus began to denounce some of the towns
where he had done so many of his miracles because they hadn’t repented of their
sins and turned to God. He said that if Sodom and Gomorrah had seen the
miracles these towns had, even they would have turned from their sin and not
been destroyed. He was warning them (and us) that God’s chosen people who were
supposed to be looking for the Messiah were hardened in spite of all of the
miracles, but the Gentiles were convicted immediately and they repented and
Application: As I read this I saw all of us in the
body of Christ. We are full of biblical truth, miracles and opportunities but
we have become completely inoculated by it all. We don’t have the fear of God
like the people of Ninevah did when they immediately repented and turned from
their sin and went into a time of fasting. We keep waiting for another opportunity,
and another miracle, and another word, and another encounter, and another
scare, and then we ask for more grace while we continue in our rebellion which
we call all kinds of other things. For me personally, this means that the
things I hear God talking to me about are to be acted on immediately. It doesn’t
matter what anyone else is or isn’t doing. I don’t get special permission to dismiss
it. I am personally responsible for what God shows me and the time to act is