8 Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your [unfaithful] hearts, you double-minded [people].9 Be miserable and grieve and weep [over your sin]. Let your [foolish] laughter be turned to mourning and your [reckless] joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves [with an attitude of repentance and insignificance] in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you [He will lift you up, He will give you purpose]. James 4:8-10
We are called to come to the Lord with a contrite heart. We are called to come with a heart of repentance. True repentance not only requires us asking for forgiveness, but true repentance requires us to change our attitude toward sin, turn from it and turn fully to the Lord. Repentance is not simply raising one’s hand at a service and deciding to follow Jesus.
There have been many who have raised a hand to follow Christ but continue to live according to the ways of the world. As believers in Christ we are called to be set apart and be different. We are called to be living sacrifices for the Lord. Many may argue against the truth of Christianity, but you cannot argue against a life that has been transformed by the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.
In this day and hour we need to remove every hindrance to our relationship with Jesus Christ. If there are things the Lord is speaking to us about removing we need to remove these things. He must be the priority and we must seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
Jesus is called to be Lord and that means He is the one who is in control. When we give our lives to Christ our lives are no longer our own. We need to draw near to the Lord and transformed on a daily basis. We must hold fast to the faith we have and the truth of God’s word. Many things are shifting and being moved into place. Jesus is returning soon for His bride. Don’t be left behind when the trumpet sounds. Draw near with your whole heart and be prepared.