Ambiguity: The Enemy Of Action

November 4, 2019
by Matthew Ruttan

When Jesus burst onto the scene, He said, "The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!" (Mark 1:15 NIV)

Repentance. It's an unpopular topic. And it certainly flies in the face of our do-whatever-makes-you-happy society.

But it matters to God. It's about deliberately turning away from those thoughts, attitudes, or actions that dishonour God, and turning back to the way of Christ.

Maybe we agree that repentance is a good idea. But then the week starts, and we begin working through our to-do list, and this idea of repentance fades from our mind's eye. That's why it can be helpful to take action and name something specific that we need to repent from:

"I will repent from ____________."

Ambiguity is the enemy of action. If we're unsure about whether it's important, or whether or not we have something to repent from, or whether or not it will make any difference in our daily life, we'll probably just do nothing. As a result, we may miss out on God's renovating power in our lives!

So, let's be honest about whatever thoughts, attitudes, or actions that we have that don't honour God. Then let's apologize and decide to live differently as a result.

Ambiguity is the enemy of action. So, let's get specific.

"I will repent from ____________:"

Prayer: Lord, I am a sinner in total need of Your saving grace. I have turned from Your way, but I want to turn back. I will repent from ____________. Amen.

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Matthew Ruttan <matthew@matthewruttan.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen Matthew.


    Thanks, Matthew, for sharing.


    Thank you, Matthew, for this important lesson in repentance.
    Blessings.


    Thanks for this devotional reminder to be specific when we pray. Blessings.


    Thank you, Matthew. Well said, both in intent and in practice!
    Blessings,
    (BC)


    Matthew, I pray that that will be the prayer of many throughout the world.
    Amen.


    Ambiguity is right. Yes, Jesus said believe the GOOD news. The kingdom is at nigh. Jesus paid our sin debt on the cross. As we rejoice on our Saviour’s soon return we will live joyously. Repent – change your mind sir.


    Hello Matthew,
    Thank you for writing this very mindful devotional today. Definitely repentance must not just be “thought about”, but action must be taken.
    Blessings for the writings you do.
    (B.C.)


    Dear Matthew.
    I pray that that will be the prayer of many persons throughout the world. Amen.

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