You know there is a person called Jesus and you've heard parts of his story. You've been to the physical church every Sunday of your entire life. You've been in the physical church on the big days - Christmas and Easter. You've been sporadic, not going to the physical church more than once every year or two or more.
No matter how much or how often, you believe though.
You believe there is a God. You believe there is a God who sent His son Jesus to die on a cross and rise from the dead. This much you believe.
You've seen the posts, the blogs, the anger, the judgment, the unfollows and the shares. But you don't know where you fit into it all, now that you know you believe.
What is God asking you to do? You don't know anything or the little you do know doesn't make sense and you only know enough to be tongue-tied and pray no one asks you what you think about the whole situation. How do you know what God is asking you to do? Is He asking you to do anything?
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
Here's how it is read in the Greek to English (lacking punctuation)- If we should confess the sins of us faithful he is and just that he might forgive us our sins and might cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
We should confess - homologomen - I confess, profess, acknowledge to voice the same conclusion; to profess because in full agreement, to speak the same thing; to speak the same, to agree
sins - hamartia - missing the mark, the brand of sin that emphasizes the self-originated nature - i.e. it is not originated or empowered by God; failure
faithful - pistos - trustworthy, faithful, believing, reliable
just - dikaios - righteous, impartial
he might forgive us - aphe - I send away, release, remit, forgive, permit to depart
might cleanse us - katharizo - I make clean, cleanse, make pure, removing all admixture (intermingling of filth)
all - pas - all the whole, every kind of, totality
unrighteousness - adikia - injustice, unrighteousness, hurt, the opposite of justice; a violation of God's standards (justice) which brings divine disapproval; a violation of God's justice, i.e. what is contrary to His righteous judgments (what He approves).
If we confess, acknowledge and agree with God about the ways in which we have missed the mark and failed, God who is trustworthy, faithful, and reliable, righteous and impartial will send away, releasing us from its power over us. Then he will make us clean, make us pure and removing all the intermingling filth that is in us, not just some of it, but the whole thing, every kind of impurity that tries to remain.
Now what? That's what.
Confess. Privately to God. Lay it all out. As much as you know and can think of. But don't despair in doing so, because remember, in order to be purified, you have to be cleansed first. The yuck of your unconfessed sin needs to be filtered out so that the pureness of Jesus in you, because you simply believe, can take over.
When you taste and see the beauty of cleansing confession then rest. God will gently bring to mind more, but don't despair, just confess it, leave it at the foot of the cross and walk away. Leaving it there for Jesus to deal with.
Some may have a complete departure of the bondage you have been under. Others may have to visit the invisible confession booth more often at first. Only God knows your heart and what is intermingling in its vessels.
Your sins - those unnamed, unknown, undiscovered - those are all covered by the crucifixion, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is for you to walk in freedom today. To know what it is like to walk in freedom today. There is no need to wait for eternity to walk the path of freedom. You can jump on the path right now, today.
If you confess.
That's the what of "now what?"
Confess. Agree with God how lost you are without Him. Then let him purify you to walk in freedom. Church, open your arms to God's healing, purifying power. We have missed the mark. But that is not our inheritance. That is our past. Our present hits the bullseye every time, as long as we confess and trust in the faithful and just God who alone is the one who does the purifying.
Then, say - Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
1 John 1:9