In church life we have lots of jargon. I remember back in my Bible college days, the guy at the front making us witness to our neighbour without using any jargon. It wasn’t easy!
Any way, we have this word converted, and we use it to describe someone who has become a Christian…But is it a good word for such a purpose? Does it accurately describe what has happened? Well, no it doesn’t.
You see, the problem is this. Scripture says. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a NEW CREATION,” not a converted version of the old one. “The old has gone, the new has come.” Conversion implies that we have been ‘cleaned up’, or slightly altered to be made fit for a new purpose. This is not the case at all. The first thing God did when we got saved was to kill us! How else can you be born again if you are already alive…More jargon isn’t it!!! See, it’s difficult!
The truth is, to be born again, you must surrender your life to Christ. It is an act of submission, total submission. Your will to His will. Your control to His control. You literally surrender your life into His hands so He can do whatever He likes with it. Tough decision to make, but one well worth the effort, because He will do much more with your life than you ever would, or could. He’s amazing, and being in His control is a real adventure. I thoroughly recommend it.
So, don’t get converted, get killed and born again a new creation. You’ll be so glad you did!