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Friday, May 24, 2013

Called to conversion

And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call {them} to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, and shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; that then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. - Deuteronomy 30:1-3
And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired {to have} you, that he may sift {you} as wheat: but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. - Luke 22:31-32
These couple texts above are clear examples that being on a church or being part of a religion don't necessarily mean being saved, converted, true son of God.
On the first case we see Moses speaking to the people of Israel, people called by God to be his exclusive possession, beacon among the nations to guide them towards the Father, so that they would convert from their wicked ways.

What do you mean, weren't they the people of God, how come they still needed to convert?

On the second text it gets even "worse", Peter was a leader among the disciples of Jesus, He was one of His closest friends and still had not comprehended the dimension of the transforming gospel, a good news that points up, to the sides and to a person's inside, a message of repentance and changing of ways, a good news, truly, because it takes away the hopelessness of the yoke of the Law and guarantees us the eternal life side by side with God on Christ Jesus, receiving as the seal of the promise his own Spirit.

What are you waiting for?

It doesn't matter what religion you're part of, or even if none.

Christ doesn't call the religious ones or those who consider themselves perfect, He came for all and everyone, but specially for those who would receive Him as Master and Lord, for whom He shed his precious blood on the cross of Calvary, making us sons and daughters before our Father.
Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. - Revelation 3:20
What is it going to be your response?

God bless us.