By Kris Robinson
Because Pastor Dr. Dan Willis was going to preach a message on ‘Conversion’ and the aspects of what it means to be converted; the topic got me thinking about what it meant for me to be converted.
A long time ago, on a summer night far, far away; well 2006…
I was wresting with thoughts of who I was and who I wasn’t. I remember asking God for a clear sign that would resonate with me, revealing Himself to be real, so that I would be saved. That next morning, while at a gym in Clinton, IN., I happen to look at a television screen and in an instant I was reminded of my request and God showed me His goodness! I was filled with a feeling of happiness, started crying, realized my thoughts weren’t true and at that moment I considered myself saved!
As I look back, I cannot help but think, “Great, I considered myself saved, but how did I know that I was?”
A year went by, and I was asked to attend a spiritual retreat called an Emmaus Walk; regionally it is called other things, but for Central Indiana it is an Emmaus Walk. The entire time I was there, I had expectations because several people from church had gone and testified to great experiences. I remember I kept singing in my head lyrics from a Demon Hunter song, “I heard you calling, setting fire to my soul”, expecting this transformational experience that would help to know that I was converted.
All and all, it was a great experience where I learned a lot more about Christian love and the love others had for me; however, I still wasn’t certain about my conversion.
The turning point came shortly after that! As mentioned, some church family had already done an Emmaus Walk, and one was also a co-worker of mine. It just so happened that he was doing something for work with my dad, out of town. Upon their return, the guy who went with my dad said, “Your dad asked me a question. ‘What did you do to my son… he’s nice to me!'”
I think too often others see us better than we see ourselves! Generally, for me that was the case because of the relationship I had with my dad; the constant feeling of never measuring up. However, as I’ve developed and had certain circumstances shape my faith, I know that I am converted! I know that I want to do things for God, my household, family, church and co-workers that I wouldn’t have done as unbeliever-Kris.
One thing that has been instrumental for me is using a technique Victoria Labalme developed for communication, called Connecting With Your Throughline, and as a result I’ve been able to know and stay reconnected with “why I do what I do?” Victoria defines Throughline as, “the driving force behind your life, your work and your creative efforts. It is why you do what you do. It is in your cells and in your pores…and it is what motivates you from the inside out. It is the current within you, your life force.”
My throughline: “I want to know Christ!” (Phil. 3:10)
That is why I titled this blog ‘3:10 Motto’ because I have a 3:10 motto for my life!
You see this isn’t a ‘point’, it’s a never ending path! One of which if you continue reading Philippians, even Paul refers to as continuing on. Conversion is a starting point to a life full of blessing, and yet, because this isn’t heaven, we have to remember that circumstances and life will still happen. However, because we serve a Sovereign Lord, we can believe that He, God, “in all things works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” (Ro. 8:28-29).
He is shaping our lives to know Him!
So, what about you, would you say that this motto is a reflection of your life as a result of being converted to Christ? If not, what things in your life are keeping you from being completely converted to Christ? Is it possible, like me, that you are being too hard on yourself, in which you are converted? Or, you do not know where to start; for which I will be writing next week…?
Kris Robinson is an Assistant Pastor at Free Life Community Church helping teenagers & Millennials connect & transform their spiritual journey through Christ Jesus.