True Conversion – Day 37

by ggerhauser

True conversion begins with seeing the Lord’s manifold light, a light that penetrates the darkness of our hearts. Paul, who was saved by seeing a physical manifestation of Christ’s light, states: “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). Seeing the light of God’s glory is the beginning, the foundation of our salvation. It is not something we can “turn on,” it can only be given by God’s Word. Beholding the light of God’s glory in the face of Christ is the testimony of every saved saint. Charles Wesley poetically portrays it in his classic hymn “And Can It Be”:

Long my imprisoned spirit lay,
Fast bound in sin and nature’s night;
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray;
I woke, the dungeon flamed with light;
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.
My chains fell off, my heart was free,
I rose, went forth, and followed thee.

How can our chains fall off? How can our hearts go free? How can we truly be liberated to follow the Son of God? It is only by the Father’s all-encompassing mercy, “immense and free.” It is not something we can counterfeit. The church today lacks true conversions because we are trying to spark our own fires through human evangelistic zeal. We are not waiting on what comes from above. Unless God’s glory is manifested to the people we will only have false conversions—conversions that are the product of human effort rather than grace. Ironically, it is our zeal to do something good—even to glorify God—which often causes an intrusion of false conversions. It is like we are aiding people to break into God’s house rather than letting them in through the front door. There is a better way.

Prayer: Thank you, God, that you have shone your light into my heart–I’m born again. Enable me to walk in the freedom that you have given me; keep me from going back to my prison, my old life. Father, I pray for your light to shine on the people around me, a light that will cause them to come out of the darkness they may be trapped in.