Scripture: Luke 11: 29-32
29 When the multitudes were gathering together to him, he began to say, “This is an evil generation. It seeks after a sign. No sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah, the prophet. 30 For even as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so the Son of Man will also be to this generation. 31 The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgement with the men of this generation, and will condemn them: for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, one greater than Solomon is here. 32 The men of Nineveh will stand up in the judgement with this generation, and will condemn it: for they repented at the proclaiming of Jonah, and behold, one greater than Jonah is here.
The people of Nineveh listened and did as Jonah preached. In order to repent, we must first be aware of how we have sinned, and then we must be prepared to do something about it. Put another way, repentance requires us to take some action after we gain the understanding or knowledge of the sin.
Of course we may choose to ignore, to become deaf to the knowledge we have been given. If we do this, then any repentance will have little importance or meaning. It also follows then that when we do this we have not listened to the message, or followed the sign, that Jesus tells us we should. What do you do?