Genuine Conversion


“I assure you,” He said, “unless you are converted and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 


Being converted in order to enter the kingdom of heaven might seem elementary to an audience of professing believers, but having assurance that we have been truly converted is significant and deserves our attention. First we must look to Christ to see if we are truly in the faith; the Holy Spirit testifies to our spirit that we belong to God, Romans 8:16, and then we must do self-examination of our walk with Christ. Both are marked by genuine repentance. Following regeneration, conversion happens when we respond to the gospel call by repenting of sin and placing our faith in Jesus Christ. We are then justified and adopted as children of God. There will be evidence of change in us as converted believers: our wills, our minds, our hearts, our affections, and our actions start displaying characteristics of a true, born-again Christian. We aren’t sinless, but we do sin less, and consistently strive to be more Christ-like.  

Matthew Henry said “Every step out of the way by sin must be a step into it again by repentance.”  Godly sorrow over sin leads us to repentance, not only at the moment of salvation, but throughout our Christian walk. Repentance is consistent with faith. We strive for righteousness and our past love of sin turns to hatred of sin because we know that “sin is treason towards a holy God” {R.C. Sproul}. Straddling the fence between wanting to stay part of the world and professing to be in the faith, does not produce the fruit of a true converted believer. Galatians 5:22, John 15:16, John 15:4-5. Repentance is a crucial component, not only in our initial conversion, but in living this life of faith and sanctification.  Let not our iniquities separate us from God, nor hide His face from us. Isaiah 59:2.  


Father, let your Spirt work in me to convict me of my sin, so I can come to you in repentance. I thank you for Your grace and the wonderful gift of repentance. I cannot conceal my sin before you, Lord, for there is nothing covered or hidden from You.    

Your Turn:

Sisters, going back to the first part of my devotion, we are instructed in the Word to make sure we are of the faith, and if you have found yourself lacking assurance of salvation, I would encourage you to dig into the Word and seek God until He confirms that assurance, and also I suggest seeking out your pastor or a church elder to speak with.