Repentance as return on 02.20.11

Last weekend, we spent the first thirty minutes of our service focusing on the scriptural idea of repentance.  After singing the new song “God’s Children” and the classic (that never seems to get old to me) “Mighty to Save”, I had the opportunity to share a few thoughts about repentance, and then lead our community through this reflection…

Many thanks to Rob Bell for unpacking “t’shuva” and inviting me into a new understanding of repentance.  (I still remember the couch I was sitting on when he said “Do you know what my definition of repentance is?  To return to who God’s made you to be.”  That moment changed me.)

After we spent some time reflection on this and “turning back” as a community, we looked at Luke 15.  In the middle of telling three stories of repentance/return/rediscovery, Jesus told his disciples:

“I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven
over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons
who do not need to repent.”  (Luke 15)

Is it possible that every time one of us “return to who we were made to be”, all Heaven erupts in celebration?  Is it possible that every time you or I turn away from greed to generosity…from gossip to forgiveness…from lust to contentment…etc…that Heaven cheers and dances and rejoices?

May our lives be about constantly turning back toward the fullest LIFE in Christ…and causing a holy uproar of celebration in Heaven.


Posted by Aaron Niequist on 03.01.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

One Response to “Repentance as return on 02.20.11”

  1. This is fantastic, and a needed reflection as we approach Lent and the lead-in to Easter. Thanks for posting this.

    Posted by Alison on 12/13/09 March 6th, 2011 at 11:25 pm

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