We have heard the word “conversion” many times among the many Christian faith concepts. Now is the time for conversion. What does it mean?
Devotional for Today, October 5
Mark’s Gospel begins with the announcement that Jesus begins his mission by proclaiming:
The time has come. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news! (Mark 1:14-15)
These words are so familiar to Christians today that many do not think about what they mean.
The word Jesus uses in the Gospels for “repent” is the Greek word: μετανοεῖτε (metanoeite). It means “convert,” “change the way you think,” in other words, “change the direction of your life.”
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Let’s try to visualize Jesus’ call to conversion. There are many people in the world at all times with different positions in life. Some trust in God, others doubt Him, and some move forward without knowing where others stand still and stomp around.
Jesus’ call extends to everyone, from the devout to the coldly religious, from those who know God’s Word to those who are ignorant of the Bible. He says to all: “Everyone, stop on your way, and from now on, take a new direction with me. From this moment on, let us go in the direction God has indicated. I will show you the way, do not be afraid.”
Now is the Time for Conversion
Conversion is a radical change of direction in the path of life, away from sin and towards the Kingdom of God.
Notably, the Bible makes it clear that salvation requires man’s cooperation. For example, John the Baptist says: “Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.” (Mt 3:8). Jesus’ call to conversion requires the free decision of the individual.
Conversion is for you too, my friend. Just stop now and turn to the Kingdom of God. Let us go together. Jesus shows us the way. Do not lose this chance.
Prayer for Today
Lord Jesus, you call me to repentance, to conversion. Thank You for this chance to make a fresh start in my life. Give me Your grace to have the courage to renounce my sins and give me the strength to follow You unceasingly to the gates of the Kingdom of God. Amen.