What Conversion is Intended to Be
Updated: Feb 24
When a person comes to faith in Jesus Christ, it entails a complete turnaround in their life and a new orientation in the way they see and perceive the world in which they live. An important aspect of this is their changing of beliefs and the reorientation of their life towards the triune God. This process may involve a radical and relatively quick change or a slow but steady change in the way they see and understand the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The change in their life and lifestyle may move at a slow or rapid pace or it may be somewhere in between. Yet, one thing is certain if a person is truly converted there will be change both in their life, their actions, their thinking, and their Godward orientation. Conversion also embraces incorporation into a faith community and a sense of being part of this new community of God's people. It is within this community that a major part of their resocialisation takes places. This resocialisation into an alternative, kingdom orientated, community results in the procurement of the ethic of the kingdom of God, which involves a radical transformation of their life under the Lordship of Jesus Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There is also an experiential dimension to their conversion, which entails an encounter with the living God and his movement in the world. Thus, true conversion results in a radical change in the belief, belonging, behaviour and experience of the one converted. Now, this may seem to be somewhat idealistic but in reality, this is what conversion is truly intended to be.