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With the Kentucky Derby being held yesterday it reminded me of a story about two Kentucky farmers who also owned racing stables and over the years had developed a keen rivalry. One particular year they both had what they considered to be top notch race horses. After some bragging and bickering, the two decided on a two-horse race. Thinking that a professional rider might help him outdo his friend, one of the farmers hired one of the top jockeys to ride his horse.

The day of the race finally came and as the two horses were coming down the final stretch neck and neck, the strain of the race seemed too great for both horses. Both of them fell, throwing their riders off their saddle. But this calamity did not phase the professional rider. He quickly jumped to his feet, remounted and won the race. Returning to the paddock, the jockey found the farmer who had hired him fuming with rage. "What's the matter?" the jockey asked. "I won, didn't I?!"

"Oh, yes," roared the farmer. "You won all right, but you still don't know, do you?" "Know what?" asked the jockey.

"You won on the wrong horse!"

How many of us are riding in the race on the wrong horse, even if our intentions seem right? Maybe we need to repent of some things in our life. Repentance is a change of one's mind that results in a change of one's life. When a person is convicted of sin and quits practicing that which is evil, then, and only then, has that person repented.

For example, If someone is a liar, he has not repented until he quits lying.  If someone is a thief, he has not repented until he quits stealing.  If someone is living in an adulterous relationship, he has not repented until he gets out of that Adulterous relationship.  Without repentance, there is no forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38). Without repentance, you will perish (Luke 13:3,5).

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward