By Chaplain (Maj.) Myoungjin Joseph Lee
Special to GUIDON
Before the Army Physical Fitness Test comes, I see a lot of Soldiers in the gym exercising. I often see Soldiers just eating light meals for lunch and saying “I am on a diet.” Most of the time, when people finish their APFT and their height and weight measurements are over, they stop dieting and go back to their normal routines.
Many doctors say that if you know your body’s condition, it can help you diet more reliably and never have to go to crash diets.
In Luke 3, John the Baptist yelled at the crowd. “You brood of vipers!” John’s speaking style was gruff and blunt, even offensive. Basically, he was calling his fellow Jews a viper’s brood and a bunch of baby snakes.
John wanted to get people’s attention and it worked well. When people started asking him questions about his message, he revealed his point as simply as they must not rely on their ancestors’ traditions. They must not rely on the baptism he gave them in the river. If they are repentant, they should change the way they live, and it must appear obvious in their behavior.
For us to change our behavior and change our heart, what must we do? We have to be bold enough to admit that what we have done was wrong. If we do not admit our faults, we easily go back to sin and continue doing what we have always done. This is why John the Baptist emphasizes to us to repent of your sins.
Would you be willing to admit to what you have done and ask the Lord to forgive your sins? He will forgive your sins right now if you have the heart.
He also tells us to repent and produce good fruit. If we do not produce good fruit, “The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire,” Matthew 3:10.
Through knowing your condition and repenting, you can change yourself and begin to live in a better way instead of going back to sinful habits. To truly be a better self, you must change and stay changed. Similar to dieting, if you want to keep your body’s condition in a healthy level, continue to eat well and exercise often.