We used to use a word that described someone who becomes a Christian. It seemed to pretty well describe what had happened to them. We used to say “They had been converted.” They were converts. We said they had converted to Christianity or they were converted to Jesus Christ.
I can’t remember the last time I heard a preacher use that word or when it was last used in a conversation I was party to.
Jesus said that unless we convert and become like little children we will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. He was answering a question raised by His disciples as to who was greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Conversion means to change completely; to turn to God fully. It has to do with belief and behaviour. The unbeliever becomes a believer. The sinner turns from their sin to live for Christ a new life.
Jesus described the way to Heaven as being through the narrow gate and narrow way. Later Jesus made plain He is The Gate and He is The Way, however, in connection with conversion, Matthew 7:13-14 sheds light.
Jesus said, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Matthew 7:13-14
Those unconverted are on the broad way that leads to destruction. That has to change if destruction is to be avoided. Conversion is a complete change of direction in life so that instead of careering down a broad road, the convert changes direction completely and enters the narrow gate and follows the narrow road leading to life. They follow Jesus and change.
Maybe we don’t use the word so much because we are not making as plain as we used to the total change of direction that follows a true decision to follow Jesus.
I was just thinking.