02 January 2012

Seen, Persuaded, Embraced, Confessed

One verse in Paul's description of the fathers of faith stood out to me:
Heb. 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
I've watched true followers of Jesus Christ demonstrate their devotion to Him in ways that involve all four elements of conversion.  In fact, I'd be willing to take this verse as a starting point for describing what true conversion is like.

It seems to me that this pattern of increasing commitment and devotion is tightly involved in the process of understanding what one's personal mission in this life is.  When it finally gels, there isn't anything else but just to go do your life's work, and give your whole self for your Lord Jesus Christ and what He's called you to do here.

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