When Jesus called us to Himself, He called us to repent of our sins—all of them. True followers of Christ actually follow Christ; “Not my will, but Your will be done.” Repentance involves changing the way we think about ourselves, the world, and God. It means having our minds transformed. It means having our behavior reflect this new thinking. Our call was not a call to a minor adjustment, but to a radical change in every way. Every decision must be weighed in the light of who we are in Christ and what He, as our Lord, calls us to think and do: how we resolve conflicts, spend our money, raise our children, perform our jobs…

The evidence that we are continuing to following Jesus is that this process of repentance and transformation continues. We need our minds changed on virtually everything. Christian growth (sanctification or maturity) always involves a change of mind and then a change of action. Spiritual growth never by-passes the mind and neither should it stop with the mind alone. We should be able to look back over the past few months and years and see significant progress; both in our knowledge of God’s word and in how we are bearing the fruit of that knowledge.

Our call to repentance not only changes our destination (heaven or hell), but also our route. We had to forsake ourselves, our old relations with others, and our possessions (Luke 14). Jesus then sent us back to each of these with new instructions on how to make proper use of them. The demands of Christian discipleship are total. They stand in complete opposition to the world (“friendship with the world is enmity against God”).