A Bona Fide Convert
[left]Salvation: deliverance from the power and effects of sin.
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
(II Corinthians 5:17)
If you ask a handful of people to define what a “Christian” is – you’ll get a variety of answers. Some say if you attend church you’re a Christian. Others think if your parents and grandparents were Christians, then you are a Christian by birth right. You might know someone who thinks being baptized or dedicated as a child qualifies you to be a Christian. There are churches full of people who believe they are Christians, yet don’t follow His commandments or know Him intimately. Pastors, choir members, Sunday school teachers and deacons have made public professions of faith after they have spent their entire lives in church.
There should be a time in your life where you can clearly point to an event or a private moment that changed you forever: your genuine conversion experience with the Lord Jesus Christ.
So, what does it look like? You begin to fall in love with God’s Word. You desire to spend more time with His people. You care less and less about the world’s system and allure. You have a tender heart towards things that move the heart of God, and you begin to live to please Him – not others.
Let’s be clear… a Christian is a Christ follower. In order to follow Christ, you have to make a decision to do so. But this is the best part – Christ chooses you! He seeks you out and invites you to accept His gift of salvation. Jesus says, "No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him" (John 6:44).
God saves men by His sovereign grace through the Atonement of Jesus. He works in us to will and to do of His good pleasure; but we have to work out that salvation in practical living... The experience of salvation means that in your actual life things are really altered, you no longer look at things as you used to; your desires are new, old things have lost their power…It is this complete and amazing alteration that is the evidence that you are a saved soul. ~ Oswald Chambers [My Utmost for His Highest]
Below is an excerpt from my book MISSION POSSIBLE
Chapter 7 “Victory at Last!”
Mission Possible is a book for women living in an unequally-yoked marriage.
It offers the reader hope and encouragement using God's Word and applying Biblical truths.
Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
My husband needs to have that personal revelation of Jesus where there is no doubt that He is real! When he has a profession of faith that rivals that of Thomas in scripture, that will be a day of celebration in heaven (and on earth). His eternal salvation will be secured and the “head knowledge” will be replaced with the “heart knowledge”. Remember Romans 10:20? That is “his” verse; “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was manifest to those who did not ask for Me.”
Copyright © Deborah McCarragher and God Mission Possible, 2010-2012.
I'm waiting and hopeful that my husband will truly be converted as a disciple of Christ.
After 20+ years of being unequally-yoked in marriage, I'm longing for spiritual intimacy and the opportunity to grow old together - serving the Lord. I cannot see into my husband's heart, but I do know that there will be evidences of a real conversion. I am a fruit inspector, not a fruit cultivator. Jesus brings forth the fruit.
Here is a passage from the Message translation that testifies to a true believer...
This is how we know we’re living steadily and deeply in him, and he in us: He’s given us life from his life, from his very own Spirit. Also, we’ve seen for ourselves and continue to state openly that the Father sent his Son as Savior of the world. Everyone who confesses that Jesus is God’s Son participates continuously in an intimate relationship with God. We know it so well, we’ve embraced it heart and soul, this love that comes from God. [I John 4:13-15 MSG]
Hold fast to your hope - do not waiver. Let your faith rise to the occasion. Believe in God's ability to reach your husband's soul. Don't give up...
Deborah is the author of a Christian non-fiction book titled “MissionPossible”. It is written for women who love the Lord Jesus, but their spouse doesn’t share their passion. It will encourage and challenge the reader to embrace God’s promises for their spouse and future together. Visit