Are You Converted?

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What do you mean by being converted?
To be converted is to be turned, or turned about, or turned back again. What I mean by the question is, Have you turned to God? In his unconverted days a sinner has his back upon God and goes his own way on the downward road to destruction. The gospel is preached to show him his condition and his danger, to call him to judge himself, to repent, and to turn to God, for the door of repentance and salvation is open to all.
Does everyone need to be converted?
Yes! the words of the Lord Jesus are as clear as can be on that point. He has said, "Except ye be converted and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven." Matt. 18:33And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3). The people to whom He spoke were religious. But it is not enough to be outwardly religious, or professed learners at Christ's feet. We must be inwardly renewed. As the Lord said to Nicodemus, "Ye must be born again." Being born again is the renewal which leads to the return to God. The term, Conversion, covers both the renewal and the return.
Where does conversion take place?
When the good news of the gospel is believed and tjle heart judges its folly and sin and turns to God—that moment conversion takes place. So we read of a great number who believed and turned to the Lord. (Acts 11:2121And the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and turned unto the Lord. (Acts 11:21)). The Thessalonians "turned to God." (1 Thess. 1:99For they themselves show of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; (1 Thessalonians 1:9)). They were converted. So Paul was sent to the Gentiles to open their eyes (to show them their need and peril) that they might turn from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God. (Acts 26:1818To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me. (Acts 26:18).) When they turned, then they were converted.
Is conversion always brought about in the same way?
No! God in His goodness uses various means. We read of Lydia (who heard the gospel at the riverside prayer meeting), that the Lord opened her heart and so she received the message. In the same chapter we find an earthquake took place before the prison jailer was awakened as to his peril. The one was as quiet as a sunrise, the other was as noisy as a thunder-storm; but both were real.
Do you believe in sudden conversion?
Indeed I do. Could anything be more sudden than the conversion of Saul of Tarsus? One minute, in his hatred of Christ, he was riding in hot haste to seize the Christians of Damascus so that they might be cast into prison, and the next minute he was crying, "Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?" The one-time opposer becomes the champion for the truth he had tried to destroy.
Is there any other sudden conversion in Scripture?
Yes! the thief on the cross is a very clear case. He left prison to be crucified. He reviled Christ when hanging by His side. Then suddenly he condemns himself as a sinner and proclaims the sinlessness of Christ and is blessed there and then, taken to be with Christ in Paradise that day.
When is the time for conversion?
Now is the time. And only now is yours in which to be converted. If you miss the tide today, you may be on the rocks of everlasting woe. Why should you delay? Do you not see your danger? Do you not know your need? Then now, just as you are, turn to God, own your sin, believe on His beloved Son, who is waiting to receive you and fill you with joy and peace in believing.