Pastor Tim Romero
Jeremiah 24:6–7 (ESV): "6 I will set my eyes on them for good, and I will bring them back to this land. I will build them up, and not tear them down; I will plant them, and not pluck them up. 7 I will give them a heart to know that I am the Lord, and they shall be my people and I will be their God, for they shall return to me with their whole heart."
The Lord has one desire for wayward people, repentance. He longs to be the God of people who will turn from their evil ways and turn back towards Him. He isn't looking for perfection but He does require loyalty. Those who turn their hearts back towards Him will be His people and He will be their God.
Jeremiah was given a vision by the Lord after the people were taken captive to Babylon of two fig baskets. One basket was full of good figs that were ripe and ready to eat and the other full of bad figs that were rotten and could not be eaten. God said the figs represented to His people. Some are good and some are bad. Those who are bad will never return to the land but those who are good, who are repentant, will be restored and God will be their God and they will be His people. His promise above only applies to those who are repentant and return wholly to the Lord.
The world is full of good and bad figs. There are no perfect figs but only those who desire to live for the Lord and those who don't. The question is what kind of fig are you? Non-repentant hearts become hard, dull, and lifeless. Harboring sin will cause you to rot from the inside out. Repentant hearts will stay ripe and good. It's very important to deal with your sin Christian, not for the sake of salvation but sanctification. He who began a good work in You is faith to complete that work but you must keep your heart in a place where it can be molded. Repentance is the only way to do that. Make repentance a part of your daily prayer life. You will be surprised at how ripe and ready your heart becomes for the Lord.
Father, we thank You for allowing us the privilege and honor to be in a relationship with You. What a joy to know we can have genuine and true fellowship with the God of all creation. Forgive us for forsaking that at times. Create in us a pure heart oh God and renew a steadfast spirit within us. May our hearts be knit together with Yours. Forgive us for any sins that may be lingering in our hearts and wash us clean. We turn wholeheartedly to you even now we pray in Jesus' name, amen!