The Mark of True Repentance – Luke 3:10
Scripture reading for this week: Luke 3:1-22
And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” (Luke 3:10)
As John was baptizing in the desert, the people who were being baptized asked the next logical question… “So now that I’ve repented to the Lord, what do I do now? How do I live?”
I think John’s answer was interesting. He told people to share with one another. He told tax collectors not to rip people off. He told soldiers not to abuse their power, and be content with their pay.
John isn’t teaching that if you do these things you’ll go to heaven; He’s teaching that the mark of true repentance is doing right in the small things of life.
It’s easy to say that we’ll obey God in the big things: “I’ll never have an affair on my wife… I’ll never commit murder.” Of course, odds are we’ll never have to prove ourselves in one of these areas. That’s why Jesus taught that it’s adultery to lust after a woman in your heart, and it’s murder to be angry with your friend.
The real test of whether I’m truly living for Christ is that I’ll do the right thing when people aren’t looking. I’ll obey Him in the small things. This is the mark of true repentance.
He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)
We can change the world, one life at a time…