Blind Eyes Opened
The greatest problem of humanity is called “self” and the sense that “self” is, relatively speaking, good. We choose that self-image on the basis that, relatively speaking, we do more “good” stuff than “bad” stuff. Or, conversely, one reading this blog may be incarcerated for having committed crimes and sees oneself very lowly. No matter the prespective, the problem of “self” is still the same and the perspective is still relatively speaking…because we determine how “good” or how “bad” we consider ourselves based upon some human standard of relativity, that being how “good” or how “bad” we think of someone else. In this way, we are all blind to one all encompassing truth. Relative to God’s standard of perfection no one is righteous, no one is good.
If God has chosen to draw someone to Himself, one thing He always does is to open our eyes to this blindness. “The god of this world has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:4). If you are reading this, it is because God, by virtue of His invitation, has opened your eyes to your sinful state of being so that you are able to see the light of the gospel of Christ.
Call to Repentance
Jesus began His earthly ministry calling men to repentance “…preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, ‘The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.'”
The only acceptable response to God’s invitation is belief made evident by repentance.
Repentance begins with a change of mind about who is right and who is wrong, from “I’m right…” to “God is right”. But, simply changing one’s mind is not in itself enough.The kind of repentance required is deep sorrow and contrition for your sinful state of being and sinful actions as an offense and dishonor to God, and a violation of His holy law. This sorrow and contrition is accompanied and followed by change and direction of your life. Repentance is a conversion from sin to God that begins with a change of mind, a change of mind that is impossible unless one has had their eyes opened to their sin.