Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38 MEV
What does the word ‘convert’ mean? The Google definition is as followed: change the form, character, or function of something. A synonym that I really think sums up the biblical sense of the word convert is the word ‘metamorphose’.
Conversion is not just attending some church services during the week, being a nice person, reading your bible, casting out demons or using your faith to conquer blessings. The disciples of Jesus did all of that, especially Peter and they were still not converted. His actions on the night of Jesus’ arrest proved that he was still an angry and violent man.
Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like little children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3 MEV
Many believers thinks they are converted, but the harsh truth is that they are not. To be converted isn’t a label you place on yourself just because you made a prayer in church and felt good afterwards; it’s a conscious decision, it’s a way of living you life from that moment on.
The individual decides when they want to be converted, it’s something exclusively down to them, NOT GOD. Many lazy believers are waiting for God to convert them, but that won’t happen because that’s not His job.
Real conversion involves repentance and making changes to live a life of faith in obedience to God’s word. A paramount part of this is to confess in detail, who you really are, what your struggles are and what’s in your life that is against God’s will; and it’s because of this that most believers fail at the first hurdle.
They overlook true repentance because it is hard to look deep down at themselves and confess that they need help in changing their ways. It’s always easier to make only make slight improvements to their character, and then shy away from the hard and long work of changing the sinful ways and bad habits for good.
Therefore, bear fruit worthy of repentance. Matthew 3:8 MEV
Believer! you shouldn’t ask God to change your heart without first taking actions to change. You need to start repenting your sinful ways, take actions daily and once you run up against difficulties, then ask for God’s help. When a person is truly converted, other people, especially those who are of God, notice the change.
I pray you heard God’s voice and will act upon His guidance, in Jesus name.
Please, don’t go without reading these posts: Faulty Disciples & Hypocrites || It’s Not By Merits; It’s By Bold & Sincere Faith In God || I’M STRIVING! ARE YOU? || I Wanna Go To Heaven || Sin No More! || The Marathon Of A Christian || Part 1 || The Marathon Of A Christian || Part 2