The Joy of Conversion

It is a joy to be involved in the conversion process. Every time someone is baptized into Christ and one has had the privilege to be a part of it, a person ends up reflecting on the circumstances that led up to the conversion, what one can do to better impact souls searching for the truth, or how one can reach out to the convert’s family. There is no emotion so strong as to have helped someone in their progress toward God. It makes you wonder sometimes why more don’t involve themselves in the wonderful work of evangelism.

I know that we lead busy lives but how important are all the distractions going to be when we face Jesus on Judgment Day? I’m sure the New Testament church busied themselves with everyday affairs. In fact, Jesus used that very problem in a parable in Luke 14:16-20. “A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: and sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it; I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.”

Everyone in this parable had to attend to seemingly important tasks. The real priority, however, should have been attending the feast. They didn’t respond to the invitation and were condemned. In Luke 14:24, we read, “For I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.”

We have been invited to teach and preach to lost souls in direct statements, Divine implications and approved examples. To place the business of life before the business of God not only robs us of the great joy of helping others get to heaven but also jeopardizes a future joy around the heavenly throne.

JDS