It’s a very simple message from God, actually – what He expects of us. His message is to all of us — us sinful, willful, rebellious, self-centered creatures:
…He commands all people everywhere
[that is, to change their old way of thinking,
to regret their past sins, and
to seek God’s purpose for their lives],
31 because He has set a day
when He will judge the inhabited world
by a Man whom He has appointed
and destined for that task, and
He has provided credible proof
by raising Him from the dead.”
– Acts 17:30-31 AMP version
[your] old way of thinking,
[your] past sins, and
God’s purpose for [your life]“
When we leave-out any of what makes “true repentance” – then it is a false repentance, and God does not accept anything “false”. Repentance must be done with “sincerity and truth“. Or else it’s like the rich young ruler who was told by Jesus, “One thing you lack….”
Jesus Christ came to earth as God-man in order to make it possible for mankind to be forgiven by God. We can either choose to follow God’s way, or make our own way. But only God’s way through Christ will ever make us acceptable to a perfect God. Kind of a narrow way, eh? Yep. That was His idea, not ours.
– Source: Your Chance To Choose
Are you so mired in the mud of vile values, that one day, of a sudden, you will be revealed as having a hardened heart, your soul not actually regenerated, the truth be told – never been born again? Have you let your living actually be comformed to this world, living a lifestyle given over to what is not of God? Would you call that “following Him”? Source: Signs of an unrepentant heart
This is what the Apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10: (my unauthorized paraphrase)
9 Don’t you know this!?
…that those who live their own way
will not actually get into God’s Kingdom?
They won’t have even the slightest share in it!
Not the sexually immoral, not idolaters,
not adulterers, not effeminate [by perversion],
not those who participate in homosexuality,
10 not thieves, not the greedy, not drunkards, not revilers
[whose words are used as weapons
to abuse, insult, humiliate, intimidate, or slander],
– 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Swift’s Amped-up Paraphrase of the Bible (AMPED-UP)
What God expects of us:
1 Corinthians 1:17-25 Living Bible
“…the simple message of the cross of Christ.
18 I know very well how foolish it sounds to those who are lost,[b] when they hear that Jesus died to save them. But we who are saved* recognize this message as the very power of God. 19 For God says, “I will destroy all human plans of salvation no matter how wise they seem to be, and ignore the best ideas of men, even the most brilliant of them.”
20 So what about these wise men, these scholars, these brilliant debaters of this world’s great affairs? God has made them all look foolish and shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. 21 For God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never find God through human brilliance, and then he stepped in and saved all those who believed his message, which the world calls foolish and silly. 22 It seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven as proof that what is preached is true; and it is foolish to the Gentiles because they believe only what agrees with their philosophy and seems wise to them. 23 So when we preach about Christ dying to save them, the Jews are offended and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. 24 But God has opened the eyes of those called to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, to see that Christ is the mighty power of God to save them; Christ himself is the center of God’s wise plan for their salvation. 25 This so-called “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest plan of the wisest man, and God in his weakness—Christ dying on the cross—is far stronger than any man.