In recent days as I talk brisk walks through the never-ending lands of Facebook and Twitter, one thing has gripped my mind. So, now I find myself writing about it and thinking that something is amiss in the Land of Evangelicals. This one thing I speak of is the radical conversion of a man who has lived a life so blatantly anti-God. Not really being a big fan or follower, I didn’t think too much or too hard about the whole thing. I still am not thinking very hard about it to tell the truth because I am not here to judge his heart. I will leave that solely up to our Sovereign God to judge him rightly.
My thought is this…why do we automatically think that his conversion is false? I believe that so very many of us who claim Christ have not seen a conversion, nonetheless a radical one, in SO long that we can’t imagine it really happening. We read our Bibles and readily accept that Saul was met by the Lord on the road to Damascus and that He transformed the mind of this man who was ripping whole families out of their homes and murdering them all in the name of God, but we an’t quite wrap our minds around a modern-day radical conversion, can we? Paul calls himself the “Chief of Sinners” and recognizes that he was formerly an enemy of the cross, an enemy of God. This once enemy of God now became ” a chosen instrument of the Lord”. The disciples in Jerusalem didn’t believe that Paul’s conversion was real and didn’t want anything to do with him until Barnabas explained Paul’s conversion to them.
We just don’t think that the Spirit moves on others this way now. Of course, we are seriously wrong, but because we aren’t seeing it, we think it isn’t happening.
So, go with me on this. When was the last time you saw anyone accept the Lord as their Savior? When was the last time you introduced someone to Jesus and showed them how to become a Believer? I am sure that you are very well-intentioned and want to do these things, but life just keeps us so busy, right? The Spirit is working on many, many hearts and minds every single moment and we are commissioned to go and speak the truth of the cross to those who are perishing without God. Do we even think about them? Are we that callous to their situation because we don’t like their choices or think them to be stupid? That may sound a bit rough, but I do know of people who think that most everyone is beneath them.
There is tremendous power in His blood. He died for every person and He chose us to tell others about Him. It seems like such a simple task, doesn’t it? I mean, we say we love Him and desire to please Him, so what is the problem? Maybe we don’t really think He desires for all to be saved, or maybe we think that there are people who don’t deserved to be saved? You know, because they are so awful and all?
That is the beauty of the Cross. It is for all who will come and kneel before Him and confess their sin. It is for the rich, the poor, the weak, the powerful, the forgotten one, the prodigal one, the one who least expects to meet Jesus on their own road in life. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is the very same power that brings us into a right relationship with our God. We can choose to recognize that supernatural power, or we can blaspheme and say it is of the Evil One. Personally, I don’t want to ever go that direction. Why is it so hard for us to believe in His redemptive work and that He, alone, can take the worst sinner and make them whole again? We are supposed to rejoice when another is saved from their iniquities. Instead, we question that someone can ever really change. That is really questioning the Spirit of God who makes us new creations in Christ Jesus. Again, that is not a road I want to be on, ever. Maybe some really sound theology classes would help most of us to understand these things that we constantly get wrong because we listen to bad theology or no theology at all.
It is time for us to believe in and to know the power of God in our lives and in the lives of the people who surround us. No longer should we ignore or question the power of the Spirit who is God. We can traverse all roads by clinging to the Helper and watching His power invade our lives. He desires to teach us and to do great and wonderful things in our lives, but most of the time we are just bad at knowing Him and how He works. What if we understood the work of the Spirit? What if we actually read our Bibles daily? Just think of how much more we could understand about His power and what His blood actually accomplished on our behalf. It would be so amazing!