Slow Conversion

Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus…let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. (Hebrews 10:19, 22 ESV)

Worshiping God is not a right. It is a privilege that we did not earn, and we sure weren’t born into it. We had to undergo a supernatural conversion to help us see our true nature under the pure light of Christ’s holiness. When we offer our hearts to him, he says they can be cleaned. The question is: Do you believe that? Are you fully convinced that his sacrificed life on the cross paid the entire debt of your sins?

This may sound familiar, almost basic in a sense, because we hear this message all the time in Sunday service. Yet sometimes our hearts remain too far from our ears to make that connection. A man may dwell on his own shame, thinking that what he has done is unforgivable. Or he may be too proud to believe in such foolishness because he considers himself a wise pragmatist. Well both ways of thinking does him no good because they keep him in the dark.

Pride and the improper handling of emotions only create hindrances to belief. A man can never repent unless a miraculous transformation begins within him, where faith comes by the hearing of the word. Often it must be repeated as truth slowly works it’s way from the ears, to the mind, and then finally settling into the heart. But when the day comes when it starts to make sense, that is when a man can move forward with confidence and joy because he is on the cusp of being born again! The Spirit is near and ready to take permanent residence within him should he be compelled to accept Jesus as his Savior. Even though spiritual conversion may be slow, we can all thank God for his patience and understanding because he waits out of love.

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