Repent and Be Converted!

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Back in the 1970′s, I was a young husband and father. I was taking my family to church every Sunday because I wanted us to be a Christian family. It was a wonderful church and we had an excellent pastor. This was  the church where I met my wife.

Our pastor was an old-time country preacher, and he preached the word of God, like Paul told Timothy, “Preach the Word.” His name was Brother Paul.

Brother Paul told us that God wanted us to repent and be converted. And that we really ought to do it. He explained that, in this context, “Repentance” meant changing your mind about sin and turning away from it. “Conversion” was changing the direction of your life. It was like you were walking in one direction, and then turned around and went the other way—walking with the Lord instead of walking away from him.

This is how to repent and be converted: Make up your mind once and for all that you are going to follow Jesus. Put yourself under his authority by doing what the Bible said.

I had already accepted Jesus as my Savior, to save me from hell. But I had not yielded control of my life to him. I had balked at doing that, because I knew that I could no longer do whatever I pleased. And I had this ridiculous fear that God would send me to China as a missionary.

But this was a very powerful and effective sermon. I did repent and I was converted. That turned out to be the most important decision I ever made.

I still remember the song that we sang that Sunday back in 1974. I’m still singing it today.

I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus

I have decided to follow Jesus

No turning back

No turning back

I encourage everyone who reads this to repent and be converted. If you haven’t already done so, become a follower of Jesus Christ. It is a richly rewarding way of life.

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