I learned something new this week. It had to do with the repent button in my car. Well, at least that’s what I always called it. You know that button or knob in your vehicle that has a picture of a car with a little arrow making a 180? Apparently it isn’t actually called a repent button; it’s more like a refresh button, yet those two things are a little more alike that you might realize.
Recent weather in our area is, how would you say it?. . . Super hot. . . Record breaking hot. . . “I want to be sure I’m right with Jesus, hot.” As a result, even with the air on, I’ve actually been a little warm in my car—which is saying a lot, since I normally wear a hoodie indoors when the air is on during the summer and have even been known to bring a blanket to staff meetings at the church where I work.
On this day, my husband and I were traveling together when I mentioned this to him, and he said something like, “Well, hit the refresh button.”
I replied, “What button is that?”
He calmly pressed the little button shown in the picture above.
And I said with all sincerity, “You mean the repent button? What’s it going to do?”
“What??” He began to laugh. “What did you call it?”
“The repent button. Y’know, it has the little repent sign on it.”
Now what Tim didn’t realize is that I often teach a lesson on repentance where my repent symbol looks pretty much like that button. The students I teach know that symbol means you do a 180 with your life and turn from sin and turn to God. So whenever I see that symbol in a car, I always think repentance rather than cool air. Makes sense to me.
But, I can tell you it’s a shame I never knew what that button really did, or never felt the need to try it out or never took the time to look up what it was used for, because I have been missing out. You see that day when Tim pushed that little button–KAPOW! –wonderful, cool refreshing air came pouring out of my vents, and I breathed it into my soul. Woohoo! It was glorious, and I found I wanted more. In fact, as I now seek relief from each blistering hot day, I am finding it in this simplest of things–my repent button!!!
And lately when I press that wonderful little gift from God, I can’t stop thinking about God’s gift through repentance, and how it is actually a little bit like that button in my car. Don’t believe me? Check out Acts 3:19
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
When I 180 myself away from my sin and turn to God, He wipes out my sin and I find myself refreshed and renewed. When I tap into His power, the heat of my sin is taken away and I am changed—completely—no sweat.
So now I find myself thinking that a lot of people live with their sin like I have with my air. . . with the answer to their problem right at their fingertips; they just don’t know it. They continue on, not even knowing relief is possible. But if someone who cares tells them about the repent button, well, then there is hope.
Wanna really do something cool? Tell someone about the refreshing that has come from repentance in your life.