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09/17/2010

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Efficacy - A Cool Word


"This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached to all nations" (Luke 24:46-47).

The verses today are the beginning of Luke's account of what we have come to know as the Great Commission. The facts stated in the verse were predicted in the Old Testament (Psa. 22, Isa 53) and have become the basis for our faith. Have you heard the word efficacy? It is defined as the power to produce an effect. That Jesus did what was predicted of Him many years before, it is necessary for to believe in the efficacy of it. We just cannot stop with simply believing that these things took place. That would be tantamount to me saying that I love my wife and not showing her that I do. My key word today is out of the mouth of Jesus in today's verse. That word is repentance. Because Jesus went through for us what He did, we must make some major changes in response to it...That is the efficacy. In that Jesus suffered and died and rose on the third day, our response ought to be about repentance, a reversal in our lives.

Repentance is more than saying I'm sorry. As a teacher, many times I caught a student saying or doing something that they were not supposed to. Many of them were conditioned to utter a quick "I'm sorry," and go on their way as if nothing had happened. Repentance involves being so sorry that we will make a reversal in our lives. It means turning one's life around as we have true regret over past actions, realizing that God was not happy with them. Until true repentance takes place in our lives, we are alienated from our God. The "I'm sorry" that I got as a teacher was often a knee-jerk reaction to having been caught in a wrong. Repentance is a realization that we have done wrong. It is a realization tied to a willingness to make a change. Now I don't want you to go away and feel guilty the next time you say you're sorry because for many of the little things of life it is enough..For the bigger things, feel a little deeper...

Have a great day... Make a difference... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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