Components of conversion

  1. Jesus requires a humble, contrite heart. He requires someone who knows their spiritual poverty.

  2. Divine revelation: Salvation comes only to those God reveals it to. God must call the sinner to himself. He must open their eyes and lead them to repentance. Just as in John 6:37, Matthew 11:28 demonstrates the dual truths of God’s sovereign election and the open invitation of the Gospel.

  3. Repentance and faith: Repentance is turning from sin and faith is turning to the Savior. They are one action; two sides of the same coin. One cannot turn from sin and not to the savior, otherwise he would only be turning from one particular sin to another, which is not repentance.

  4. Submission: Jesus will not save those who call Him Savior but not Lord. Jesus will not sit in the passenger seat of my life. Either He is driving the car or He is not in the car at all. The call to salvation is also a call to submission. Everyone whom Jesus justifies, He will also sanctify. At first this sounds like a burden, but it is actually a gift of grace. We will be enslaved to something; we are yoked to something. Either we are under the yoke of sin, burdened by guilt, shame, and the endless chasing of satisfaction without ever finding it, or we are under the yoke of Christ. Under the yoke of Christ is where we find real rest and freedom from the sin which was killing us. Here we are freed from the guilt and shame of our past. Here we find freedom from the power of sin. Here we find who we really are. Here we find the only safe place to root our identity in. Here we find peace, joy, and purpose. Either you are a slave to sin or a slave to Christ. And I can promise you that there is nothing better than letting Jesus take His place on the throne of your life.

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