Repentance is for all of life.
We know that repentance from dead works is one of the foundational doctrines of church, and it is the first step of discipleship. However, there is a lifelong process of listening to the Lord’s voice, of allowing him to inspect our hearts, and repenting of what displeases Him. We need a lifelong commitment, a willingness to turn away from those things that are hindering our closeness to the Lord and our obedience to Him.
Repentance is not just for an altar call in which we go up to repent of your sins in the world, and are born again. No, repentance is a work of grace that we need whatever we stray off the path of life.
Hollywood, our wider culture, and even many segments of the Church have made “repent” a dirty word, one only used by fanatics and Puritans who wish to suck all of the joy out of living. Nevertheless, the Gospels show us that Jesus’ first message was that we should repent, and in Revelation the message of repentance is also His last word to the Church.
We must let these words, His words, examine us and we must come into conformity with Him prescription for our lives if we want to be reckoned among those who are counted as overcomers.