Tuesday, December 29, 2020


The first recorded words of Jesus are in the Gospel of Mark: "Repent and believe in the gospel."

The Greek word Jesus used was metanoia.  And the literal meaning of metanoia is "a change of mind."  A variation of the same Greek word describes the change a caterpillar goes through to become a beautiful butterfly.  Being a Christian is not about following a set of rules; it is about being transformed by God's love and then sharing the beauty of it. 

Søren Kierkegaard expressed the energy of "metanoia" this way:

"Don’t just be a Christian. No, take all of your life to become a Christian: Choose, again and again with each new day, to be a real self, an authentic person in relation to God. Abandon your calculated safety for a reckless, wholehearted life of faith in Christ. Continue to become. Grow. Risk. Take that radical leap of faith right now."

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