When is the Ideal Time to Repent?
Is there a best time to repent? When is the ideal time to repent?
Recall that repentance occurs when the Lord God “calls” us through His Word.
The best time to repent; therefore, is when you hear the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Jesus tells us about such a time. He says:
“The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here” (Matthew 12:41 & Luke 11:32).
Note the time of their repentance: “at the preaching of Jonas”. This means while Jonas was preaching; or at the time of his preaching, they repented.
“The Call” and Best Time to Repent Go Hand in Hand
Therefore, the time that’s in your best interest to repent is when you hear the preaching of the Word of God.
And anyone who refuses to repent at such time has ignored the “call” of God that He makes to sinners.
It was for this reason that he was so unhappy with the following cities. They heard him preached on more than one occasion yet they refused to repent when they heard the “call” of God.
“Woe unto thee, Chorazin[;] woe unto thee, Bethsaida[;] for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes” (Matthew 11:21).
The preaching of the Gospel is Christ’s call to humanity to repent. This is the only time that we have an opportunity to repent. When we hear and receive the Word of God that’s our personal time to turn to God.
Humanity’s failure to repent at the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ constitutes a rejection of him.
For that reason he summarizes it thus: “He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me”, (Luke 10:16).
To conclude, when one hears the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ that is the most opportune time to repent. It then that the Lord’s calling us to repentance.
John the Baptist started this repentance revolution. He came preaching, saying, repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is nearby. The people responded and obeyed him and they got baptized.
Three Incidents Demonstrate the Optimal Time to Repent
That’s why Apostle Peter encouraged the people of Jerusalem to repent after they received the Gospel, (Acts 2:38).
Similarly, after Saul of Tarsus received a Word from God he too repented and turned to Him, (Acts 9:5)
Finally, the preaching of the Gospel is the only capable means on earth that can affect repentance in us. It’s the power of God, (Hebrews 4:12).
And a rejection of God’s Words that He has sent to save us constitutes a rejection of Him.
The Lord provides ample opportunities for each of us to repent. There exists a window of chances. Don’t allow it to close or you could miss your time to repent.
Repent while it’s today!