Our sins may leave us in such a slumber that we are too groggy to rise up and take action. We may become so riled up about the sins and failures of others that we do not hear Jesus speaking to us directly: “Unless you repent, you too will perish.”
Nevertheless, God takes deliberate steps to enable us to repentance and fruitfulness, but there is a limit (Luke 13:1-9).
When we fail to take responsibility for our sins and failures, we bring misery to us and others, and once we have done something it cannot be undone. We cannot change the past, but we can make the present and future better! God nourishes us with opportunities for spiritual growth in love, kindness, and mercy. God has given us time in the hope that we will bear fruit. God works with us to wake us out of our slumber so that we rise up and take action that leads to repentance.