Studying Acts together has been exciting! So many incredible events were happening all at once, especially conversions!
I found myself remembering my own conversion; although I don’t have a specific date, I do remember those first times when putting my faith in Jesus started changing the way I lived my life.
Would you take some time to reminisce that moment or those events when you asked Jesus Christ to be your Savior? Remember that freedom and release you experienced when the shackles that were holding you down were smashed? Remember that sweet relief of deliverance from your sins? Remember feeling fully known, accepted, and loved?
One of the most beautiful truths about our conversion is that it is ongoing. The Lord opens our eyes to see and accept Jesus as Lord, and from then on, we continue in our conversion every day to become more like Christ. This truth should feel like gulping down a tall glass of water after running fast up the steps of Philadelphia Museum of Art on a scorching August afternoon!
To add to this, isn’t it such grace that God allows us to experience this ongoing conversion with one another? We, as brothers and sisters in Christ, can lean on each other in times of need and failings and also cheer each other on when we are victorious over our sins! We get to remind one another that we’re looking a little more like Jesus today than we did yesterday!
A word for those whose memory of their conversion is a bit fuzzy right now. Maybe you are even going through a difficult time; it is OK to feel weak and fragile. All of us have or will go through such times. May I humbly encourage you to lean on your Christian brothers and sisters during these times? Boldly, ask them to walk alongside you during these times, to pray for you as you stumble towards Jesus. Right now, quiet your mind and let the Holy Spirit remind you of whom you belong to. The God we serve is able to handle our every trial, doubt, and question.
And finally, a word for those who are presently reveling in the reality of your conversion. As the incredible reality of where God has brought you out of is fresh in your minds, praise God! And then, would you consider walking with a brother or sister who is not feeling this reality at present? Boldly, invite him or her into your life. Let them see that you struggle too, and that it’s specifically during such times, that you fall into Jesus. As Pastor Sujith reminded us recently, “Observing you passionately loving Jesus can stir up others’ own affections for Him.”
May the reality of our conversion overwhelm our hearts with praise!