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Luke 19:8 But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, ‘Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.’ “

When we compare the actions of Zacchaeus and the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17-22 we can see quite a contrast.  Where Zacchaeus spontaneously offered to donate his great wealth to the needy…the rich young ruler, when challenged by Jesus to sell everything he owned and give the money to the poor, left unwilling.  True repentance changes us from the inside out.  It transforms our heart, causing us to alter our actions and way of thinking to that of Christ’s.

Matthew 3:2 ” Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is near.”

Repentance is the beginning of your journey with God.  True repentance means taking responsibility for what you’ve done… for owning your sins.  Repentance could also be called an action word…it starts with a heart change, but commands a directional change too – a turning from darkness to light, evil to good,  wicked to righteous.  Repentance is the starting point of that new life you’re looking for.